Thursday, January 15, 2009

DAVID MUNROW - ZARDOZ SOUNTRACK (1974)



If you have never seen the magnificent 1974 sci-fi/fantasy classic "Zardoz", for God's sake drop whatever you're doing and get thee to the nearest video store (or computer, if your a Netflix-er) and rent this shit! John Boorman (who also directed the classics "Excalibur" and "Deliverance") really hit a home run here, bringing us not only a giant floating head, post-apocalyptic barbarians, and a telepathic secret society living on a creepy commune, but the image of Sean Connery in a diaper (see example above). I'm trying to think of a sci-fi movie from the 70's that I dig more than "Zardoz", but so far I've got nothing. David Munrow's psychedelic soundtrack is a perfect fit for this hippie-dippy tale of futuristic intrigue, and although there is no official release of this score, I found a sweet bootleg on the good ol' internet, recorded straight from the film with dialogue and sound effects intact. Some of the tracks are just short, 20 second interludes of incidental music, but the longer ones, with baffling dialogue fading in and out over analog synth and other assorted weirdness, are true keepers, as good an example as any of why the 1970's were the best decade EVER for science fiction films.

Download HERE

Zardoz The Floating Stone Head sez: "THE GUN IS GOOD! THE PENIS IS EVIL! THE PENIS SHOOTS SEEDS, WHICH BRING NEW LIFE AND POISON THE EARTH WITH THE PLAGUE OF MAN! GO FORTH, AND KILL!" (actual quote from the film)



Below: Trailer for "Zardoz". If you can believe it, the movie is actually BETTER than the preview suggests.


PS: How awesome is the expression on Sean Connery's face when he gets sucked into that prism?

6 comments:

jaginguene said...

I love 70's sci-fi and horror soundtrack, thanks for that!
I'm a big fan of the actual movies too altough I did see Zardoz, it was a long time ago...

the saucer people said...

Oh my gods, this has made my day! I have always thought that one day I would rip the soundtrack for a mix, like you say, the dialogue is wonderful, so really glad to see someone has done it for me. This is one of my all time favourite seventies sci-fi, I can watch it again and again without once getting board. Its one of those films that you just cannot pin down easily in terms of a short straight review, you really have to watch it yourself...if you like Jodorowsky, Bunuel, Lynch or Szulkin you are in for a treat and its floating around on the torrent scene, just go to Isohunt and do a search, the rip that says 1974 in the title is the one to get.

Archimède said...

One of my best movie ever!

Anonymous said...

here's one i made, the fidely's a bit better so i'm sure you'll enjoy it:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=84TOKVSL

obviously lots of good dialog got left out and some brief musical pieces too,
i just made up the file names, maybe you know the correct ones?
winff only let me rip to 320kbps not 384 in mp3, it will do it in ac3 but i'm too lazy to redo it. i grabbed the avi at cinemageddon.net then edited it with avidemux and stripped the audio with winff
spread the word to fellow zardozians.
cheers!

Mike White said...

These links appear to be down. Any recommendations?

Unknown said...

Hello, I would *really* like to hear this, but the link doesn't seem to be working. Does anyone have the files and could share them with me? Please???