In 1970, Paramount released Barbra Streisand's ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER at the very end of the roadshow musical cycle begun with the success of SOUND OF MUSIC. Although intended as a roadshow presentation complete with intermission, the market for this sort of thing had so diminished by the time it was completed that 20 minutes or so was edited out and a only shortened version went into general release. The longer version was never seen, except at a few early industry screenings. Theoretically, at least, this complete version (2 /2 hours or so) might well exist somewhere in the Paramount vaults.
The general release version of CLEAR DAY has long been available on DVD, but the full-length, intended roadshow version, if extant, would be a find worthy of restoration and Blu-Ray release. This version contains at least three two additional songs, one a duet by Streisand and co-star Larry Blyden, one by Yves Montand, and a third sung by the young Jack Nicolson (!) as well as several additional “flashback” sequences which highlight one of the film’s strong points: its art direction, costume design and visual style. (Cecil Beaton, who designed Streisand’s period costumes, lamented at the time that the best of them had been cut out.)
In hindsight, ON A CLEAR DAY was one of only a handful of musicals Barbra Streisand would ever make. It certainly has its followers and the title song became one often requested of her. In addition, it was the last musical directed by Vincente Minnelli, considered a master of the genre. There is every reason to think that returning the film to his original vision could greatly improve its impact.
Although the film has never had the reputation of, say, IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD, a restoration of CLEAR DAY could be done in a similar fashion, cleaning up found footage or relying on stills with soundtrack as necessary. It seems to me it could be marketed on many fronts, emphasizing the Streisand connection, the Minnelli connection, the restored-big-musical connection, even the see-Jack-Nicolson-sing connection. Minnelli's original concept seems to have been much more coherent and beautiful than the version ultimately released.
Everyone has their own restoration wish list, and this in mine.