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Anything Goes (1956/Paramount/Warner Archive)/Christopher Cross: A Night In Paris 2012 (Eagle DVD/CD Set)/Iggy Pop: The Document (Chrome Dreams DVD/CD Set)/K.D. Lang Live In London (2008/Image DVD)/Kurt Cobain: The Early Life Of A Legend (Chrome Dreams DVD/CD Set)/Mindless Behavior (2013/Millennium Blu-ray)


Picture: C+/C+/C+/C/C/C+     Sound: C+/B-/C+/B-/C+/B-     Extras: D/C-/C+/C-/C-/C-     Main Programs: C+/C/B/C/B-/C-



PLEASE NOTE: Anything Goes is only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.



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Robert Lewis’ remake of Anything Goes (1956) is a Paramount film that stars Bing Crosby, who was also in the original black and white 1936 Paramount film version with Ethel Merman, Ida Lupino and Charles Ruggles and also featured Cole Porter music and a tale of a man on a ship who gets involved with a gal in trouble with gangsters.  Simply remaking it might have been fine, but TV had arrived and just two years before this remake hit theaters, Merman remade it for TV with Frank Sinatra, Bert Lahr and Sheree North for the Colgate Comedy Hour which actually is out on DVD.  We reviewed that fine version at this link:




Paramount was still determined to remake it, so they got Donald O’Connor as Crosby’s business friend, Mitzi Gaynor as the gal in distress, severely toned down the played-out criminal angle, hired real French dancer and ballerina Jeanmarie as the other gal performer, put a bunch of money on the screen and even hired Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn to write three additional songs which might not have settled well with Porter purists, but did not hurt things here.


While Ya Gotta Give People The Hoak and A Second Hand Turban & A Crystal Ball were comic showcase duets for Crosby and O’Connor that are not bad, they were not great either, but O’Connor’s solo on You Can Bounce Right Back is one of his greatest cinematic moments and his is so good in this film overall that it is some of the best work he ever did, stealing scene after scene, including when he is just acting.


Jeanmarie’s husband Ronald Petit was her choreographer for much of her career and he did so for her Dream Ballet and I Get A Kick Out Of You sequences here (Nick Castle did the rest of the great work we see) which add much needed dimension to a film that is uneven and turned out to be Crosby’s last for Paramount after so many hits there.  Crosby and Gaynor (in exceptional form herself) more than hold their own, but the film never coheres as Donen’s Funny Face would a few years later.  Still, it is worth seeing for its better dance sequences (even when Porter songs are undercut by the dancing) including the fun finale so it is great to see it back in print.


There are sadly no extras, but it deserves some and maybe a future Blu-ray would be an excuse to do so.



Christopher Cross: A Night In Paris 2012 is a recent concert by the singer of the hit theme song from the first, original Dudley Moore Arthur movie and a few other hits before he disappeared after such a huge launch.  Was it a political witch hunt or just burn out?  He is in good voice here singing 17 songs and backed by a fine band, but I found the show flat and uninspiring, efficient and consistent as it was.  Fans might like this, but I was more bored than I expected and even disappointed.


The only extras is an interview with Cross.



Iggy Pop: The Document is a reissue of excellent The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou: 1971 – 1973 Chrome Dreams DVD we reviewed here at this link…




…with a CD interview compilation that includes Howard Stern and Dinah Shore in a set that works and re-promotes a documentary I still think of on thereof the most important artists of their time and beyond.  Though we have plenty of Iggy on the site if you look him up, this is a solid set worth your time and if you never got the DVD, a set to go out of your way for.



To look at an older HD-recorded concert on DVD, K.D. Lang Live In London (2008) has the singer in decent form covering 20 songs in under 90 minutes with mixed results. She is talented, but her music does not always stay with me and her covers (like Don’t Smoke In Bed) don’t quiet hit the mark.  The result is a disappointment and the shoot itself is a bit dated-looking, format notwithstanding, so unless you can get a Blu-ray, skip this average show altogether.  The BBC Concert Orchestra accompanies her and that part works.


An interview with Lang is the only extra.



Kurt Cobain: The Early Life Of A Legend combines yet another unauthorized look at the late Nirvana lead singer’s life (we did two other already, not to mention so many Nirvana releases) in a DVD/CD set that adds various audio interviews on its CD disc, making for a decent archival collection, albeit rough on the singer, but not much else.  The DVD is a previous release we missed and we likely missed the CD too until now.  Text on the DVD is the only extra.



Finally we have the most cynical entry on the list, Mindless Behavior (2013) which pushes the new boy band (this one of Soul/Rap/Hip Hop genre aspirations not always met with dancing and the usual boredom) but this is a precalculated documentary that reads like it was scripted by taking moments from every other boy band featurette and concert, then recycling them and trying to make them authentic.  Steven Goldfried does a very dull, flat and embarrassingly formless job of capturing the “vocal group” on camera throughout their limited tour as they start to become successful, at least limitedly so.


Will they break through to national success and even sustain it?  A certain British Boy Band has beat them to that and they have yet to be this cynical, so I will be surprised if we hear much from these guys again unless one of them goes solo and has a career, but 86 minutes of torture is an unintentional Mockumentary and is one of the worst releases of its kind I have ever seen and I have seen too many.  Not one authentic moment throughout, get the animated Jackson 5 TV series on Blu-ray instead!

Extras include Never-Before-Seen footage that is quickly forgettable, a very long feature length audio commentary track by the band, bonus TV show footage form some TV project of theirs few apparently saw, a bonus performance of one of their alleged hits and understandably Deleted Scenes.



The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image on Goes is as good as any presentation here, shot in the large-frame VistaVision format and here is a fine film print that also gives us a fine approximation of the 3-strip, dye-transfer Technicolor 35mm prints of the film was issued in.  This deserves a Blu-ray release, but is solid on this DVD reissue and the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image Cross and 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition (especially sloppy and digitally harsh, et al) image Mindless cannot surpass it despite being new HD recordings about 58 years more recent.  The 1.33 X 1 on the Iggy DVD is actually as solid as it was before, but the 1.33 X 1 image on the older Cobain DVD and anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Lang are visually the worst on the list with poor picture, including softness, noise, staircasing and other issues that them sometimes hard to watch.


The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 on Mindless should easily be the sonic winner on this list, but like its image, the sound has points where it turns almost monophonic more than a few times and location audio issues also plague the production and presentation, so the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on the Cross concert can more than match it by simply being consistent despite compression issues it has that extend to the PCM 2.0 16/44.1 Stereo on the CD version.  The DTS 5.1 on the Lang DVD is also as good despite being a few years old, but also has some compression and sonic limits, plus it is quiet in nature.


The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on Goes tries to expand he sound, but only makes it a bit better than the also included lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track.  The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the Iggy DVD and PCM on the Iggy CD, plus the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the Cobain DVD and PCM on the Cobain CD have their ups and downs from archive audio alone, but sound good for the most part if not always great or consistent as expected.




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-   Nicholas Sheffo


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