Anything Goes Studio: Paramount Year: 1956 Rated: NR Length: 106 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 (approximate), anamorphically enhanced Audio: Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Closed Captioned and subtitled in English Special Features: None Suggested Retail Price: $14.99 USD Release Date: September 27, 2005 Bing Crosby’s 23 year run with Paramount ended with this Cole Porter musical comedy. Crosby and Donald O’Connor are two Broadway stars - old school and new - who are on the lookout for a talented leading lady for their new show. Of course, they both find the perfect star in Europe. Unfortunately, they each choose someone different. One chooses a graceful French dancer (Jeanmaire), and the other finds a talented American performer (Mitzi Gaynor). Of course, each is offered the role. On a cruise ship back to the states, all the characters come together. What ever will they do? Anything Goes pours in talented performers (Bing Crosby, Donald O’Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanmaire, Phil Harris) and some great selections from the Cole Porter songbook (Anything Goes, I Get a Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, It’s De-lovely...), and other songs by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen... yet the resulting whole is less than the sum of its parts. The script is flat, the characters see little development... it all goes by-the-numbers. It goes to show you that the script is the glue that holds a film together. Crosby and O’Connor deliver good performances, with energetic song and dance numbers from start to finish. The musical numbers are some of the most memorable Cole Porter songs. This musical is worth your time for the song and dance numbers, but nothing more. The Transfer Presented in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.66:1, this transfer is anamorphically enhanced. The source print is nice and clean, given its age. The transfer is bright and shows good contrast. Black levels are strong, and there is good detail in the shadows. Colors are bright, true and well saturated. Other than a very slight touch of softness and some very mild ringing, this is a beautiful transfer. The audio is presented in both mono and Dolby Digital 5.1. Both offer nice frequency response, while the 5.1 track opens up the music across the front soundstage, while making little use of the surrounds. Special Features There are no special features. Final Thoughts I love the Cole Porter tunes, and watching Crosby and O’Connor sing and dance is always worthwhile. But that’s all that’s worthwhile in this so-so musical.