While not one of the best Streisand flicks, “ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER” is still much better than “FUNNY LADY” and others. Yves Montand stars as a hypnotist responsible for a student’s (Streisand) regression into her past lives. The film has a large epic look to it, and is even intriguing in its execution at times. Unfortunately, there are many sluggish moments and the music distracts rather than enhances the story at hand. This is one case wherein audiences can more readily put aside apprehension about reincarnation easier than these characters breaking into song.
Director Vincent Minnelli has proven a flair for great drama in the past(Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) and this film has its share of powerfully dramatic moments. It’s just too bad it loses its punch with the musical numbers.
PARAMOUNT has preserved the film’s original aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are extremely vivid. The contrast is decent, but there is a surprising amount of grain. Fleshtones appear natural.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix as well as the original mono mix. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix offers great separation, especially during the film’s musical sequences. Other than in musical sequences, there is no rear involvement. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.