Breath of Fire OST Special Box
Catalog Number: CPCA-10146~56
Released On: March 31, 2006
Composed By: Yasuaki Fujita, Yoko Shimomura, Minae Fujii, Mari Yamaguchi, Yuko Takehara, Akari Kaida, Yoshino Aoki, Taro Iwashiro, Maurice Ravel, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Chihiro Onitsuka
Arranged By: N/A
Published By: Suleputer
Recorded At: Aobadai Studio
Format: 11 CDs
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Breath of Fire

Disc One
01 - Blood Relation
02 - The Dragon Warrior
03 - White Dragon
04 - Quickening
05 - Fate
06 - Starting the Journey ~Breath of Fire~
07 - Day and Night
08 - Profit
09 - Sorrow
10 - Beginning of Battle
11 - Victory Song
12 - Gentle Breeze
13 - Sleep
14 - Strong Fortress
15 - Solution
16 - Bonds
17 - Culvert
18 - Skyscraper
19 - A Brave General
20 - Deep Forest
21 - Holy
22 - Distant View
23 - Fishing
24 - Release
25 - Small Hermitage
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Disc Two
01 - A Road
02 - A Drunk's Life
03 - Secret City
04 - Sand Palace
05 - Memories
06 - Trade City
07 - Swimming
08 - Battling
09 - Dejection
10 - Premature Death
11 - Expedition
12 - Music City
13 - Song and Dance
14 - Ancient Ruins
15 - Emergency
16 - Flying
17 - The Empire
18 - A Powerful Emperor
19 - God's Footprints
20 - The Final Level
21 - Black Dragon
22 - Dawn
23 - Return
24 - Great Achievement
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Breath of Fire II

Disc Three
01 - The Destined Child
02 - A Voice Calling from the Darkness
03 - Please, God
04 - My Home Sweet Home
05 - Memories
06 - There's Something Here
07 - Critical Moment
08 - No One Knows
09 - We're Rangers
10 - Hide-and-Seek
11 - Wanderer
12 - Cross Counter
13 - Treasures Won
14 - Grab the Tail
15 - Coliseum
16 - Creeping Shadow
17 - Clean Hit
18 - Pincer Attack
19 - Fly Pudding
20 - I'll Do It
21 - Fishing Max
22 - A Whale (La-la-la)
23 - Trouble Sleeping
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Disc Four
01 - Kingdom
02 - Left Unspoken
03 - Clumsy Dance
04 - Century of the Patriarch
05 - Cold and Dark
06 - Let Me Sleep So I May Dream
07 - Dying Corpse
08 - Gimme a Chance
09 - Don't Even Think About Dying
10 - Sandy Slumber
11 - Our Journey
12 - White Wings
13 - God of Decadence
14 - No Way Out
15 - The World is Trembling
16 - Crooked Ladder
17 - Approach
18 - Nightmare
19 - What it Takes to be a Hero
20 - Lethal Dose
21 - Daybreak
22 - The Closing of the Dragon's Eye at the End of the Tale
23 - Last Impact
24 - Breath of Fire
25 - Thank You, Everyone
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Breath of Fire III

Disc Five
01 - Opening ~Opening the Gate~
02 - Prologue
03 - Escape
04 - Healing
05 - Without a Care
06 - Half Done is Not Done
07 - Country Living
08 - Falling Green
09 - Keen pack
10 - Revolution
11 - Do Your Best!
12 - Victory Dance
13 - Like a Loser
14 - Eden
15 - Heavy Echo
16 - Corpse
17 - Struggling on the Way
18 - Chase
19 - Can't you see clearly now?
20 - Thief
21 - Take it and Run
22 - Chickens in the Night
23 - Half Asleep
24 - House of Worry
25 - Conglomerate
26 - Tons of Money
27 - The Game Continues
28 - Something Lost
29 - Regret Comes from Relying on Others
30 - An Unfulfilled Walk
31 - Transformation
32 - Cutting Edge
34 - The Weather and Mood is Great on This Day
35 - Backlash
36 - Catch!
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Disc Six
01 - An Offering to the Dragon
02 - My Favorite Trick
03 - A-Go
04 - Technology
05 - Termination
06 - Island
07 - Nothing Left to Say
08 - Hack scene
09 - ODORO
10 - Avoiding Death
11 - The Insane Warriors
12 - Stupidity
13 - Fighting Man
14 - Last man standing
15 - The Town Loved by the Wind
16 - Wyndia
17 - Magic?
18 - Interlude
19 - Still a Chrysalis
20 - Tail of a shark
21 - Anti-historical
22 - Angels and Dragons
23 - Waking Up in the Morning Leads to All the Encounters ~Nina's Theme~
24 - Weretiger ~Rei's Theme~
25 - Peach Engine ~Momo's Theme~
26 - Fried Onion ~Pecoros' Theme~
27 - Deep Purple ~Deis' Theme~
28 - To a Distant Place
29 - Stone of the Death Dragon
30 - Breath of the Decaying Dragon
31 - A Light
32 - People, Cats, Birds and Sea Lice
33 - Seemingly Idle
34 - Clumsy March
35 - The Last Scene is a Setting Sun on the Ocean
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Disc Seven
01 - Steam Locomotion
02 - Enjoying the Flavor
03 - Guild
04 - 604800sec.
05 - The Touch of Danger
06 - Without Knowing Anything
07 - Encounter
08 - Battle in the Coming Days ~SE Collection~
09 - Atomic Energy
10 - Intermission
11 - An Offering to the Dragon ~Main Theme~
12 - Sanctuary
13 - Sandy sound
14 - Breaking the Mold
15 - Turning Point
16 - Dragon asymmetry
17 - Bad ending
18 - An Uncertain Millennium
19 - Castle in the Sky
20 - Maternal Zone
21 - Self-determination ~last battle~
22 - Stairs ~Ending~
23 - Sprouts Over the Sand
24 - Pure Again ~Staff Roll~
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Breath of Fire IV

Disc Eight
01 - Breath of Fire IV ~Opening Animation~
02 - Endings and Beginnings ~Main Theme~
03 - Run Straight
04 - The World Beneath Your Feet
05 - It's an Easy Win
06 - 2000 Treasure if You Win
07 - Relessed (Relaxed & Stressed)
08 - Endings and Beginnings
10 - Airily
11 - First Emperor
12 - Men of War
13 - Take the Winnings and Run
14 - A Warring God
15 - Tiny Village in the Desert
16 - Gotta Turn it Around, Gotta Turn Around
17 - Under Pressure
18 - Bastard Sword
19 - Working Today, Too
20 - Out of His Mind
21 - Unbearable Atmosphere
22 - Truth and Dreams
23 - Watch Your Step!
24 - Darkness
25 - ...Yet the Merchants Will Go
26 - ~A Man~
27 - Sound of a Little Zenny
28 - Brave Heart
29 - Dying Wish
30 - Maybe I'll Even Buy a Sheep
31 - Freefall
32 - How Long Will the Rain Last?
33 - Whirlpools Inside (The Frog's Song)
34 - Flutter (Butterfly)
35 - Shima-shima at Your Back (Buzz Buzz Buzz)
36 - Unfading Ones
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Disc Nine
01 - Song of the Plains
02 - Echo
03 - Thousand Wings
04 - The Sacred Ground Far Away
05 - Tototon Toton To
06 - What the Samba?
07 - Get the Fish!
08 - I Caught a Big One!
09 - Landscape
10 - Like the Sun, Like the Moon
11 - I'm a Faerie!
12 - Game Over
13 - Prayer
14 - Even Towards Death, Valiantly
15 - Curse
16 - Turismo
17 - Replay
18 - Seagull Flies
19 - Go By Ship!
20 - Pabu-pabu Puka-puka
21 - Pavane for a Dead Princess
22 - Destruction
23 - A God's Beast
24 - A Raging Emperor's Banquet
25 - Dragon's Blood
Music for the Ending
26 - I. A Wing from the Sky
27 - II. Relessed
28 - III. Endings and Beginnings
29 - A Raging Emperors Banquet ~Remix~
30 - Pabu-pabu Puka-puka Song
31 - A Little After the Dream
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Breath of Fire V

Disc Ten
01 - Breath of Fire V Dragon Quarter -Opening Animation-
02 - The Beginning
03 - Kind Friends
04 - Ranger Base
05 - Low Layer Area
06 - Lift
07 - Going Out to See the Sky
08 - Victory Party
09 - Bio Public Corporation
10 - Origin
11 - Attack
12 - Waste Abandonment Pit
13 - The Strong Enemy
14 - Small Departures
15 - The 1st Decision
16 - The Lowest Layer Area
17 - Conquring the World
18 - A Sad Memory
19 - Symptom
20 - Imminent Crisis
21 - Industrial Area
22 - Sad Color
23 - Out of Mind
24 - Sign
25 - There is no Regret
26 - At Ease
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Disc Eleven
01 - The Middle Layer Area
02 - Commerce Disposal Area
03 - Trinity Pit
04 - A Remaining Trace
05 - Life Line
06 - The Upper Layer Area
07 - Electricity Supply Building
08 - A Moment of Joy
09 - The Center Ministry Area
10 - Calling from a Distance
11 - Seeing Again
12 - Lost Hope for Tomorrow
13 - Sealed
14 - Ending
15 - Castle - Imitation (Breath of Fire V Dragon Quarter)
16 - Silver Sound
17 - The More You Dig, The More...
18 - Going With a Smile
19 - Kokon Hore
20 - Prologue
21 - The Way It Should Be
22 - Escaping from NOW
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The contents of the box: eleven discs of pure Capcom goodness.

Talk about a monster. The Breath of Fire Original Soundtrack Special Box covers the series' complete range of music, from the SNES original right up to Dragon Quarter on the PS2. At 11 CDs and 327 tracks, the sheer size of the soundtrack is both daunting and delightful, a work of truly monolithic proportions.


To be up front and honest about things, I don't like Breath of Fire I's music. I probably never will. It's not that the compositions are bad, but it's not particularly inspiring MIDI and I just can't listen to it for very long. I've been ruined in recent years by high-quality orchestra on redbook audio, that to return to the days of MIDI is truly difficult.

Nonetheless, the original BoF is worth listening to if you can get past the MIDI. It spans the first two discs of the set and features a handful of tracks that stand out past the media they were created with. One such track is Expedition, a wandering but potent melody that gives the listener the sense of a great journey about to occur. The use of drums in this particular piece give it a volume not felt in most of the other tracks, and a welcome presence in the original game's tracklist. Another exemplary theme from this set is A Powerful Emperor which carries an imperial majesty befitting its title.

Yasuaki Fujita, Yoko Shimomura, Minae Fujii, and Mari Yamaguchi are all responsible for Breath of Fire I's soundtrack. Shimomura in particular should be familiar to contemporary RPG fans for composing the Kingdom Hearts 2 soundtrack. SNK fans may recognize Yasuaki Fujita for his work on Metal Slug 2nd Mission, while Mari Yamaguchi is probably best known for Street Fighter II: The Championship Edition.


Disc 3 grants us the work of Yuko Takehara, composing for Breath of Fire II. The MIDI quality alone is generally improved with this second batch of songs, although the music itself is not quite as compelling as its predecessor's. A general perusal of the soundtrack reveals that Breath of Fire II has one of the weakest scores to its name, a fact that is quite surprising considering the pedigree of the composer. Takehara's comparable work includes Megaman X, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and the fighting classic, Marvel VS. Capcom.

Overall, the soundtrack is quite well constructed, but singular tacks don't hold up that well. Some notable tracks include Wanderer and White Wings, both of which have a joyously relaxed feel to them. Wanderer is a bit on the heavier side, but is still quite a soothing listen, where White Wings is expressly composed to uplift. One of the best tracks however, has the longest name and comes right at the end of the game: The Closing of the Dragon's Eye at the End of the Tale. It still holds up as one of the most enjoyable closing themes to a game, even nearly twelve years after its original release.


Now, I will admit to being partial to Breath of Fire III, but with disc 5, I finally felt like the box set was proving its worth to me. BoF III has some of the most enjoyable music in a classic-style RPG I've ever come across. Right from the initial track Opening the Door, right through to Pure again, I just love listening to the discs over and over again.

Breath of Fire III's music begins with disc 5 and goes right on until disc 7, covering the game's impressively large roster of tracks. Some pieces, like Falling Green amuse me, because I feel like I've heard them before. Falling Green has always reminded me of the forest outside of Guardia in Chrono Trigger, and while it's not quite the same, it's certainly a pleasant melody either way.

Quiet, atmospheric melodies like Eden add a lot of character to the soundtrack, mixing a more contemporary rhythm and blues beat to the game's more traditional adventuring atmosphere. Thankfully this addition doesn't violate the integrity of the music, but enhances it instead. Similar strains can be found in tracks like Waking Up in the Morning Leads to All the Encounters, Nina's principle theme in the game. This track is a bit more upbeat than Eden, but still demonstrates the rhythm and blues influence to great effect.

One excellent addition to the tracklist is Battle in the Coming Days ~SE Collection~, featuring a number of the game's sound effects mixed in with the regular battle them. I usually object to these sort of tracks as they tend to be a lot of noise that either wholly overrides the music or jars with it discordantly. Here however, there's a perfect balance in volume, and it's a rather nice digest of the game's many combat sounds.

Indulge me for a second while I segue over to the track Pure Again. I've already brought this up once, but I totally enjoy this track. The vocals are excellent, and while it's far more contemporary than it should be, the actual song is one of the few I can separate from the game and enjoy just on its own. It's upbeat tempo and dancing rhythm are a delight to listen to, and I consider it one of the better RPG songs out there.

Akari Kaida and Yoshino Aoki are the principle composers here, either a well-known name when it comes to Capcom products. Both have done work on the Megaman series, and Aoki is a veteran of Breath of Fire compositions. Especially, fans of Megaman: Battle Network are sure to recognize some familiar strains in the compositions.


When it comes to Breath of Fire IV, I'm incredibly torn. There are some tracks I absolutely adore, but a great many that are either little more than background music, or downright annoying. In truth, I'm that way about the game in general, and the music all too accurately reflects similar feelings.

A great deal of it bears an South-Eastern influence, using Indian sitar strings to exact an exotic flair. It's an interesting addition to the music, and much of it is used well. Some pieces such as Breath of Fire IV ~Opening Animation~ are absolutely gorgeous, and just a little too short. God of War is another track that uses similar themes, though with a great deal more intensity. It is a battle theme after all, and a well constructed one, evoking feelings of both majesty and acute tension. It's a very intimidating theme in some ways, and leaves a great impression.

As I mentioned however, some tracks just make you want to scream. Floating Along is one of the tracks that just digs at your ears. It's too chaotic, using all sorts of wrong chords that step all over a person's nerves. Even worse is What the Samba?, which not only bears a strange name, but is wholly out of place amidst the rest of the tracks. It's not even a good samba theme either, bearing little more musical variety than a bit of digitized hooting to a vaguely Caribbean rhythm.

Overall, I'm 50/50 on IV's compositions. Yoshino Aoki does a fair job, but it's definitely not the best selection of work available.


Dragon Quarter was not a well-received game, being so very different from the normal tropes of an RPG, especially one whose legacy consists largely of medieval fantasy and a touch of steampunk. It was sci-fi, featuring a truly different art direction from previous titles, even more bizarre in many ways than the monster designs from part IV. All that aside, its music is fantastic, and I for one am a huge fan of V's aural component.

While I still consider III to have the best overall soundtrack, V is a close second. Tracks such as Origin and Trinity Pit are emotionally rousing, despite their calm, something I have a hard time finding amongst RPG soundtracks. Trinity Pit in particular is a beautiful tune, providing a melancholy, yet relaxing atmosphere that lets one be thoughtful. It's a haunting track in some ways, perhaps something for a quiet day when the mind needs to rest and sort things out. Definitely a great piece that stands alone from the game itself.

Castle-imitation (Breath of Fire V Dragon Quarter) is another track I'm very fond of. It's the main vocal track for the game and Chihiro Onitsuka has an absolutely gorgeous voice. There's a pleasant lilt to her tone that draws on her early influences being Alanis Morissette and Jewel. Although a relative newcomer, her vocal talent showcased in this piece have made me a definite fan. The track itself is emotionally uplifting, a definite plus considering the game's generally dark atmosphere.

Overall, Breath of Fire V's soundtrack is a winner. Hitoshi Sakimoto is the main composer, a name many RPG fans will associate with Final Fantasy Tactics. His other works include Ogre Battle, Radiant Silvergun, Vagrant Story, Stella Deus, and Final Fantasy XII. Pieces sure to perk up an ear or two from fans of the aforementioned titles are Going Out to See the Sky and Mid Sector Borough, either one an excellent example of Sakimoto's signature style.

And the Verdict Is...

In total, the box set is a sure treasure for any video game music lover, as well as Breath of Fire fans everywhere. In particular, BoF III and V are my personal favorites, sporting some of the best RPG music available. A massive set, it's sure to daunt more than a handful of potential buyers, but trust me, it's worth every penny.

Reviewed by: Mark P. Tjan

Everyone has to have a beginning. Breath of Fire was first introduced at a point in time when many gamers were getting their first taste of RPGs. I am one of those gamers. The original Breath of Fire was my first RPG and started my love of both the series and the genre. And as it grew, so did I. Naturally, I have a little bit of a love affair with the music, something of which this Special Box has obscene amounts. Eleven discs of it, to be precise.

Wrap your head around that a moment. Eleven discs. The sheer weight of this thing would cost you twenty bucks in shipping and handling alone. What possessed Capcom to release this monstrosity, limited to an issuing of only 2000 copies, is beyond my understanding. But release it they did, and with a twist. The main draw of the album isn't just that it covers the five games within the franchise, but that it covers them so completely. Not ones to sit on their laurels, Capcom decided against simply re-issuing old soundtracks and instead recorded every track from all five games...mostly. There are a few curious exclusions, but for all intents and purposes this mega-album contains every last piece of music ever put to a Breath of Fire game. This doubles, triples, maybe even quadruples the amount of music that was previously available. And, for the first time, the original Breath of Fire gets an OST release.

There are a few issues regarding the OST for the first game, however. Primarily, my problem lies with how the music was arranged on the CDs. Chronological order, apparently, wasn't considered when they put it together. The game's opening songs, which were originally merged into one large song in-game, have been split up and placed almost haphazardly over the course of two CDs. Other songs also show up in a strange order. The music itself is crystal clear and just as enjoyable as it was on the SNES, but the placement is muddled. Additionally, the final track "Great Achievement" is incomplete and is missing about half of the full song. I'm guessing they pulled the "bad ending" version from the game instead of the "good ending" version, as the song in the less favorable finale ends at exactly the same point that this track does.

Apart from those gripes, the soundtrack has been faithfully reproduced here. It's not the most original thing ever, but the songs have spirit and are fun to listen to. And I still think the original overworld theme, "Starting the Journey," is a classic SNES song. There's a lot of filler material, however. Included is not only the BGM, but also all the little jingle songs. To be frank, a portion of the BGM is also reasonably boring, but it's worth a trip down memory lane if nothing else.

Moving on, the original OST release for Breath of Fire II was, to put it simply, a travesty. Only about a half to three-fourths of the music used in the game was put to CD. Thankfully, the Special Box corrects that issue, putting the full soundtrack to disc. Or at least what I believe to be the full soundtrack. I never liked BoF2, so I don't have as much experience with the music. For what it is, the two discs devoted to BoF2 appear for all intents to be a perfect restoration of the original music. I have no issues with it...apart from being what it is.

This is to say, the music for Breath of Fire 2 is nothing at all similar to the original BoF. The songs sound like they were considered for but never managed to make it into a Mega Man X game. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just one of personal taste. Judging it based solely on composition and sound, it's perfectly fine. "I'll Do It" is amazing and "Breath of Fire" is a wonderful re-envisioning of the first overworld theme from the first game. It's just that they never fit in my mind as music for a BoF game. Still, music is music, and this second pair of CDs is a treat to listen to.

Unfortunately, Breath of Fire 3 did not receive the primo treatment that the first or second games were presented. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what happened here. What I believe happened is that Capcom decided to record music from the PSP version of the game instead of the PSX version. The result is, sadly, that the reverb on every song was jacked up beyond reason. Tracks that were once crisp are left muddled and some songs even lose synthesized instruments that were present in the PSX version. It's not a total butchering, (except for "Angels and Dragons" which was mutilated) but it is a big disappointment. The bright side is that the entire soundtrack is here, instead of the pathetic one-third that was present on the originally released OST. But jeez, with quality this poor, it almost doesn't make it worth the effort. Beyond that, the only other noticeable issue is that there is no version of the boss theme "Everyday Battle" present that contains no sound effects. One of the best songs from the game and the only form available on the Special Box is the one tainted by strangely-placed battle cries.

As far as the compositions themselves go, there are opinions on both sides. Some people hate the jazzy undertones most of the soundtrack contains. Personally, I love it. I'd dare say BoF3 contains my favorite music from the entire series. "Self-Determination" is one of my all-time favorite final boss themes and it's a joy to see it on CD. And it's hard not to bop along to songs like "Peach Engine." I think the main complaint you could level against the music is that it's not all that mature. Whereas BoF1 featured epic, grandiose compositions and BoF2 just plain rocked out, BoF3 is considerably more cutesy. The music is light, usually perky, and overall more childish than the previous or latter games. I would like to note that I think this makes the songs that do break from the mold, such as "Regret Comes From Relying on Others" and "DONDEN," all the more powerful.

Breath of Fire 4 is a very, very strange bird, however. There are no quality issues, the soundtrack is complete just as the original release was, and I can't fault the songs as being poor. But it is a departure like none other. Compared to the rest of the series, this music is strange. Heavily influenced by Asian and Middle-Eastern music, Breath of Fire 4 is more likely to throw a sitar at you than a guitar. Odd chanting is also a staple used here, along with about a hundred other things that you just really never, ever see in RPG music. Just listen to "A Warring God" or "A Raging Emperor's Banquet" to see what I mean.

I'm a little iffy on it, myself. While it's good music, it's so unusual that it took me off-guard when I first listened. And, upon repeated listening, I'm still left scratching my head. A lot of people, including our own Patrick Gann, consider this an improvement over Breath of Fire 3. I'm just glad it was restricted to one game. I don't think I could take a second soundtrack of this, composition strength be damned. It should be noted that both BoF3 and 4 share a composer. Maybe Aoki was the less jazzy one?

Breath of Fire 5 was a much more enjoyable experience for me, both as a game and as far as the music went. In a manner, the music of BoF5 is a return to the series roots, basing itself on an epic orchestral style somewhat reminiscent of the original BoF. There is, however, a twist to it. Much of the music here is heavily subdued and oppressive, based on the game's new setting of a world underground. As such, many of the themes tend to serve as much as atmosphere as anything else. It is therefore difficult to really enjoy without the proper reference point in the game. "The Center Ministry Area," for example, is a strong song that holds its own. But when heard in combination with navigating the area in question, a misty, almost castle-like zone with some cues from cathedral architecture, the song takes on a whole new appeal.

Some songs do stand on their own without need for playing the game. "Out of Mind" is amazing and is a true testament showing what it is that Hitoshi Sakimoto is really capable of accomplishing. Equally so is "Trinity Pit," a perfectly beautiful melody that, although it becomes a tear-jerker when combined with the placement in the game, is still some of the best BoF music produced. So it's not as if the album is a disappointment on its own. It just gains that much more power with reference playing.

So, what to say in closing...Lord, collections like this come out so amazingly rarely that it's hard not to make an event of it. Ignoring that the total cost spent on this when it was released could probably buy you a PS2 these days, this collection is more than worth having for the collector or even the general public. The downer is that you cannot buy this album. When Capcom said 2000 copies, they meant it, and as such this beast is no longer in print in any form that I can find. Buying this creature on eBay is going to be a major pain, too, as I'd imagine the price for this has doubled by now, and God knows what other hoops you'd have to jump through. If you can find it and if you can justify to yourself the purchase of it, I do not believe you will be disappointed. Despite the mistakes that were made, this special box is worth every dime spent. As a bonus, the box includes a 28-page booklet with commentary from various people that dealt with the series. It would have been nice if they had offered more bonus items, but having eleven discs of music is probably asking enough. Overall: recommended.

Reviewed by: Derek Strange