to siskelandebert.org, an on-line archive dedicated to preserving the episodes of
the various Siskel and Ebert movie review programs over the years.
primary focus is to rebuild each of the Siskel and Ebert series as
comprehensively as possible. As such,
our website serves as a repository for people to donate copies from their Siskel
and Ebert collection, expressly for this purpose.
project is given an added sense of urgency because, as it has been correctly
documented, the producing companies of “Opening Soon…At a Theater Near You,”
“Sneak Previews,” as well as “At the Movies,” (WTTW Chicago and Tribune
Entertainment, respectively) did not save the master tapes to these shows. Further, while it appears that Disney
Television did archive their master
tapes for “Siskel & Ebert” from 1986-1999, the online archive which they
had in support of the show was recently taken down after the show’s
cancellation. At this time no other
Siskel & Ebert archive exists.
and Ebert aired during an era when television shows were recorded and preserved
by the general public on magnetic videotape.
As we rely heavily on what people may have recorded from these shows, it
is understandable that in many cases we are not dealing with the most pristine
of copies because of the format in which they were recorded, as well as the
fact that this format deteriorates over time.
Therefore, our goal is not only to compile as many episodes of the various
Siskel and Ebert series as possible, but also to find the best quality of each
episode available. With this in mind,
please observe the following guidelines when considering adding to our
must be Siskel and Ebert related only. This
does include the period of time after the death of Gene Siskel, where Roger
Ebert worked with a multitude of guest hosts, before permanently adding Richard
Roeper as co-host. However please
refrain from any uploads that do not include either Gene Siskel or Roger Ebert,
must be the complete episode, or as near complete as possible. Please do not upload an episode split up into
parts, and do not upload a single review.
We are interested only in full unedited episodes, or as near complete as possible.
- We all know that for about three years the At the Movies website maintained by Buena Vista/Disney had virtually every Siskel & Ebert review since they began with them in 1986. Though that website is gone many people have saved at least some of these reviews, and many can be found on YouTube. Please do not upload these reviews mirrored from the At the Movies website or YouTube. Again we are interested in only full episodes whenever possible.
- Mirrored full episodes from YouTube will most likely be deleted in favor of a better quality
upload from the originator of the video, which in most cases would be
Firstmagnitude or gradepoint. Please
avoid uploading any mirrored videos.
there is a duplicate video uploaded, the video which is of the best quality
will be kept, while the other will be deleted.
This ensures our aim of retaining the best possible quality, and more
practically, will save us on server space.
avoid uploading duplicates unless you are fairly certain yours is substantially
better. If it is clear to you that your
copy is better, please do post it, as again we are always in search of the best
site administrators we reserve the right to delete any videos that we feel do
not adhere to our guidelines or otherwise contribute to our goal of preserving
the memory of this television institution.