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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Actors: Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Bob Newhart, Larry Blyden, Simon Oakland
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Genres: Classics, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Musicals & Performing Arts
G     2005     2hr 9min

Daisy Gamble can be described as an eccentric woman who hears phones before they ring. Determined to kick her smoking habit for the sake of her fianc , she enlists the help of a psychiatrist and undergoes hypnosis. Durin...  more »

     

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Actors: Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Bob Newhart, Larry Blyden, Simon Oakland
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Creators: Harry Stradling Sr., David Bretherton, Howard W. Koch, Alan Jay Lerner
Genres: Classics, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Classics, Romantic Comedies, Barbra Streisand, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Musicals
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/22/2005
Original Release Date: 06/17/1970
Theatrical Release Date: 06/17/1970
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 9min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 29
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Seeing CLEAR DAY Forever
Matt Howe | Washington, DC | 03/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Paramount's new DVD of ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER is probably the best "version" of the film Streisand fans have seen in years. I can finally ditch my old VHS tape.

For those of us who weren't old enough to see it in movie theaters, it is finally available for us in WIDESCREEN, too! Paramount did the widescreen television owners a favor by releasing the DVD in ANAMORPHIIC format, too -- thank you!

The depressing fact that there are no bonus items is tempered by the gratitude of simply, finally having it available on DVD. [Although it wouldn't have killed Paramount to include the two featurettes (The "Reincarnation Ball" and the behind-the-scenes featurette) that still exist...]

The DVD itself does look good. This discerning eye, though, felt that the colors are a bit off -- dark, too. The greens aren't quite green enough. And that orange Scaasi dress at the end of the movie is kind of muddy. I'm sure Paramount did the best job possible. What CLEAR DAY really needs is a makeover from the negative up! (i.e. a restoration). The colors aren't as brilliant as the HELLO DOLLY! restoration, which really *pops* off the screen.

The sound .... oy. Paramount has created a 5.1 mix that, for the most part, sounds good. Most of the musical numbers really open up and have good fidelity. Some, though, sound "processed", especially "Go To Sleep".

Finally, I've given up on the cut scenes. It's doubtful they still exist. Film studios simply didn't keep that stuff back then. The "deleted scenes" phenomenon is fairly new, due to the development of the DVD format. We didn't have that back in 1970. Unless Streisand herself or the Minnelli estate have the scenes, I doubt they exist any more. Recently in a home video forum, someone who worked for a laser disk company in the 90's said that they worked with Paramount on the laser disk version of CLEAR DAY and they could not find any of the cut scenes.

As most of the CLEAR DAY fans out there know, the film was cut from a "road show" version (with intermission and more songs and scenes) to what we have today. Excised were a duet with Larry Blyden (WAIT TILL WE'RE 65), a Jack Nicholson song (WHO IS THERE AMONG US WHO KNOWS?), a Yves Montand reprise (SHE ISN'T YOU) and many acting subplots, including more Nicholson scenes, more flashback scenes with Robert Tentrees, and a bit more. I just discovered that the other long-lost song, E.S.P., was sung by Yves Montand, not Streisand. It's questionable whether E.S.P. was ever filmed, though. You can read more about the "lost" CLEAR DAY cut at my Streisand fan site barbra-archives dot com.

So .... it's nice to have CLEAR DAY on DVD finally! Now ... if only Warners & MGM would get in step and release A STAR IS BORN and YENTL!"
A Greatly Under-Rated Charmer
Gary F. Taylor | Biloxi, MS USA | 08/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Based on the marginally successful 1965 Broadway musical with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Learner and a solid score by Burton Lane, the 1970 ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER was no box office disaster--but it was a disappointment, failing to draw a broad audience and performing much more poorly than any one had imagined. This is a pity, for although it cannot be classed among the truly great movie musicals it is nonetheless a very good one, imaginatively filmed and beautifully performed.

The story concerns a scatter-brained young woman named Daisy Gamble (Barbra Streisand) who is desperate to quit smoking and who lays siege to a noted hypnotist Dr. Charbot (Yves Montand.) But it happens that Daisy, for all her goofiness, is unexpectedly gifted: she can find lost items, she knows when the telephone will ring--and once under hypnosis she stuns Charbot by transforming into Melinda, a woman who lived, loved, and died more than a century before.

The cast is superior. Streisand is memorably fresh in the role of Daisy and performs her numbers with remarkable youthful zeal and a flawless artistry; she is a tremendous amount of fun to watch and an endless pleasure to hear. Although it seems many Americans fail to see the appeal of the great French singer and actor Yves Montand, he handles his songs with the same world-weary style that first brought him to the attention of the legendary Edith Piaf--and it proves a remarkably effective foil for Streisand, setting off her expansive performance to perfection. The remaining cast, which includes a very young Jack Nicholson and Bob Newhart, is equally fine.

This was the last musical for Vincent Minnelli, perhaps the greatest director of golden age musicals and creator of such films as MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, and he endows the film with his very elegant eye; the "past life" sequences, in which designer Cecil Beaton had a hand, are particularly beautiful. Add in such beautifully orchestrated and performed songs as "It's Lovely Up Here," "Come Back To Me," and the title piece--and when all is said and done ON A CLEAR DAY is a very enjoyable film indeed.

The film was originally intended to be released in a three hour version--but in the wake of several box office disasters for large scale musicals both Minnelli and the studio thought better of it and cut the film significantly. It would seem these scenes are gone forever, and more's the pity. Still, this no-frills DVD release offers a best-possible print in terms of both sound and picture, and both long-time fans and newcomers will adore it. Recommended.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer"
WIDESCREEN DVD PLEEEEESE !!!!!
Anita | Salt Lake City, UT USA | 06/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This beautiful little gem needs to be on DVD period. The color is absolutely fabulous, the costumes beautiful. It's a colorfull cleaned up snip-et of 60's style. My favorite Barbra Striesand musical. And for those of who believe in re-incarnation or even just like to toy with the concept it is enjoyable fun."
A Fantastic Movie
Joseph Albanese | New York, New York United States | 05/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Both the score and the movie itself are fantastic.On A Clear Day is probably the last of the old time, "big" movie musicals. Opulent in every detail, Vincente Minelli and Streisand make quite a team. Every aspect and detail of the film is flawless.Of particular note is the English country estate scene. Cecil Beaton designed some of the most beautiful costumes ever photographed and Barbra, singing a smashing number "Love With All The Trimmings", was never more lovely. Somewhat reminicent of the dining scene in Tom Jones, it plays quite funny and totally sensual.The songs, scoring, acting and directing are all noteworthy. In fact, this is as near a perfect film as you are likely to find.Originally it was three hours in length but, to accomodate more showings per day in the theaters, it was cut down considerably. If the "lost" footage is half as good as what remains here, I wish somebody would come up with a Director's Cut of the film.Originally, the play was conceived as a vehicle for Richard Rogers. He backed out and Alan Lerner kept at it. Produced on Broadway, it did so-so business; it was the song "What Did I Have I Don't Have Now" that saved the musical from obscurity. Barbra takes that song and makes it an unforgettable tour de force. As she goes back and forth between Daisy and Melinda (her English accent was carefully tutored by Deborah Kerr), the transformation is stirring.If you are looking for a good time, feel good, family film, treat yourself to On A Clear Day. Everything about this movie is perfect."