The 25th Reich

Music Composed by: Ricky Edwards

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                It’s 1944 and the Allies are definitely gaining ground on the Nazis The Third Reich is crumbling, but Hitler has one more trick to try – a fleet of spaceships designed to take out their enemies.  Only five American soldiers based in Australia and a time machine can put a stop to this new menace.  The 25th Reich is a science fiction comedy starring Jim Knobelock, Serge Denardo and Dan Balcaban.

                The musical score of The 25th Reich was created by Australian composer Ricky Edwards who began his musical career learning to play the piano at the early age of six.  By the age of fifteen, he held a full-time position as a French horn player with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and by his twenties, he had become quite the concert performer and chamber musician.  He began composing music for television and film in the late 1990s and has amassed quite a résumé including the musical scores of The Bank Job, Australia and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.

                For the musical score of a science fiction comedy set in the early 1940s, one might expect a nod towards the science fiction and war movies of that era.  However, when I started listening to The 25th Reich score, I couldn’t help but thinking I’ve heard this before…and not from a 1940s or 50s movie.  The more I listened the more I recognized elements of John Williams’ Star Wars film scores until I started thinking, were it not for the weird Doctor Who/Outer Limits whistle and electronic slashing noises, this score was basically a rip-off of the Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack.  Even the military-based tracks sound very Imperial Army-esque.

                Though I loved the Star Wars: A New Hope score, I didn’t relish listening to this remix dressed up as a brand new musical score.  This may have been an homage of sorts by Ricky Edwards, but I’d rather own the original and would have liked to pass on The 25th Reich Soundtrack.


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