It's interesting how a lot of Ifukube's classic music would show up again and become big themes for the more popular monsters. I mean a lot of great scores actually hailed from the less popular kaiju movies like Varan, the open score of this film would be expanded to become Rodan's theme.
I am surprised it is in black and white because I could have sworn I saw color pictures of Varan years and years ago in the early internet and I am quite sure they were not stills from Destroy All Monsters.
Poor Varan got removed from GMK.
Fear not fellow Daikaiju fan, for Varan makes a brief but very cool entrance into the final scene of Destroy All Monsters
as he lands on the sideof a mountain next to (if I'm right) Angilas and Gorosaurus. He also takes off and flies away at the end too. And he's in color.
As it stood, I really liked Varan The Unbelievable, especially when they were on that island with the Japanese natives. The carved wooden masks and totems remind you very much of the Eskimo artwork, and the scens of Varan rising from the water and flying off were just too cool. Easily, next to Anguirus, Varan is one of Toho's most under
Be that as is, at least Anguirus made it into the 2 original X-Box fighting games (which I own and refuse to part with, as they are serious collectors' items.)