Mondo Releasing 'Shaun of the Dead,' 'Looper' & '2001' Vinyl Scores
by Ethan Anderton
September 16, 2014
The first ever MondoCon is right around the corner on September 20th & 21st, and the line-up of artists and goodies that will be there is incredible. Now even more awesome stuff from Mondo has been unveiled. The collectible arthouse (which is now venturing into collectible toys) has also dabbled in special edition releases of film scores on vinyl like Jurassic Park, Gravity, Oblivion & Halloween. Now they've announced three additions to their vinyl selections with the score for Shaun of the Dead available for the first time ever in any format, the lost original score for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the score for Looper. Look!
Shaun of the Dead
It's the 10th anniversary of Edgar Wright's "rom-zom-com" and Mondo is celebrating with the release of the score for the film, which has never been available in any format until now. On the creation of the score, Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead said, "We wanted to 'play a straight bat,' as the English say, and treat the film as though it was a sincere and genuinely terrifying scenario." The duo previously had their music featured in Wright's show "Spaced" and their album "The Sons of Silence" was part of the director's playlist of music he would listen to while writing and casting the film. And now the film's music can be yours.
With artwork by Jock (seen above), the score for Shaun of the Dead will be available on vinyl through Mondo on 180 Gram Vinyl, but only 1,000 copies will be available. The record will be for sale at MondoCon with a carnival style record-throwing booth where attendees can test their post-apocalyptic zombie defense skills and earn the rarest version of the record. Otherwise it will be for sale online October 7th.
2001: A Space Odyssey
By now, everyone is very familiar with the classical music cues that have made more than a few scenes in 2001: A Space Odyssey rather iconic. But the inclusion of those classic pieces was a last minute revision by director Stanley Kubrick, and an original score for the film was composed by Alex North (previously composing for Spartacus and A Streetcar Named Desire), but was abandoned during post-production. North had no idea this happened until he attended the premiere. But now his score gets the attention it deserves with this vinyl release of the music available for the first time ever.
Jay Shaw designed the package that includes a glossy, Monolithic black aesthetic on the inside tip-on gatefold and a holographic foil Interior gatefold, housed in a custom clear plastic slipcase. The record will be pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl and there will be randomly inserted limited Beyond The Infinite Vinyl editions (much like the special Jurassic Park vinyl had a limited edition too). Complete with liner notes by Jon Burlingame, it's a limited one-time pressing of the score that you can get at MondoCon or purchase online sometime in November. And if you're at the convention, Brian Satterwhite will host a panel on the subject, featuring a live presentation of several iconic scenes with the lost score reintegrated into the film to show a select audience what could have been.
Finally, the Nathan Johnson-composed score for Rian Johnson's awesome time travel sci-fi flick Looper gets the vinyl treatment on 180 Gram Black Vinyl, and it will also have a limited bonus 7-inch record featuring never before released material by Kid Koala. The packaging was also designed by Jaw Shaw, and as you can see, the record itself comes inside a gold foil gatefold jacket, which itself will be placed inside a hand-embellished canvas bag. The 7-inch companion record will be available with the regular score in limited quantities so good luck. The Looper vinyl will be sold at MondoCon and online September 23rd.
These are some truly awesome pieces for any fan of film scores and the rich sound that comes from vinyl. Hell, the packaging alone and limited availability of the music make these truly awesome collectibles. Mondo just keeps the good stuff coming, and while we wish that some of this stuff was a little more readily available for fans to get their hands on, that's what ends up making it so cool when you actually get ahold of their various collectibles. Stay tuned to @MondoNews on Twitter for more. Cool stuff?