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WTTW Channel 11 - Sneak Previews - "Blade Runner" (Review & Ending, 1982)

Here is another clip from WTTW Channel 11 Sneak Previews with a review of Blade Runner, Pranks (A.K.A. Death Dorm), the Pheobe Cates - Willie Ames movie "Paradise", and the ending credits to the show.

I can't believe they didn't have thumbs up or down back then. When the heck did they start that? I thought it was with them from very early on!

It's a shame neither Siskel or Ebert seemed to "get" Blade Runner, which is considered a classic by most people nowadays. However, they did later amend their original review with a more positive slant.

Featuring Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. (and Sparky the Wonderdog)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, June 5th 1982 @ a little before 7pm! (This episode airing was a re-run)

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Fuzzy, this clip obviously didn't get a lot of attention early on on your site, but, you claim this clip is from 1982. That was right when they left for "At the Movies", so, if by that time they hadn't started up doing the "Thumbs up/down", that means they never did it on "Sneak Previews", and they must have come up with it on the subsequent programs.

If someone had asked me before I put this together though, I'm guessing I would have thought they started that on Sneak Previews as well. I guess that is why we call them "Fuzzy Memories" here ;)

Comment posted by afdave on Saturday, August 7th 2010 at 8:04pm.

Blader runner is considered one of the best sci-fi movies of all time. Siskel says its a "Waste of time" and goes nowhere. Just shows how souless and dull he was. I guess you can blame the brain tumor for effecting his judgment.
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

Comment posted by Mr. Hooper on Thursday, February 14th 2013 at 6:32am.

Hate to see him go. Rest in peace, sir. :(
Comment posted by Matt on Thursday, April 4th 2013 at 6:19pm.

They used the Granada Theater at Sheridan Road near Devon Avenue for the opening and closing of "Sneak Previews." I was living at the dorm at Loyola and watched them film it. Sad that Gene Siskel, the Granada, and now Roger Ebert are gone. I hope they spend eternity at the movies together.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Thursday, April 4th 2013 at 9:26pm.

HUdson: Thank you for verifying what I'd suspected for years!!

As to "Blade Runner", wasn't it re-edited and re-released? I thought that that was what made Ebert change his mind about the movie.

Comment posted by SuperCFL on Friday, April 5th 2013 at 7:29am.

I don't have a Siskel and Ebert episode in my collection, but I have this...


Comment posted by VintageCanada on Friday, April 5th 2013 at 5:46pm.

In 1992 Roger Ebert changed his mind on "Blade Runner", but Siskel did not.

Roger Ebert's Worst Reviews:

Godfather II - 3 Stars
Unforgiven - 2 1/2 Stars
Blade Runner - 3 Stars
Caddyshack - 2 1/2 Stars
A Clockwork Org - 2 Stars
The Usual Suspects - 1 1/2 Stars
Raisin Arizona - 1 1/2 Stars
The Warriors - 2 Stars
Gadiator - 2 Stars
Fast Times 1 Star

Comment posted by Mr. Hooper on Saturday, April 6th 2013 at 1:23am.

@SuperCFL: Yes it was released. There are five different cuts of the movie. They are as follows:

>> 1982 Theatrical Version
>> 1982 International Version (aka The Criterion Version) - Scenes that were added that were cut to secure an "R" rating.
>> 1982 Workprint Version
>> 1992 Director's Cut - Cuts Harrison Ford's narration
>> 2007 Final Cut

All were released on DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray. The DVD omits the Workprint version of the film. The HD-DVD and Blu-ray versions have the Workprint version as well as the other cuts of the film.

Comment posted by Betamax75 on Saturday, April 6th 2013 at 11:31am.

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Also, I updated the video title to make it more clear that this is a report, and not actual footage of the match. :-)


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I was wondering exactly what telecine equipment was used to make this transfer. Because certainly it appears a bit better than it would have "back then" via WGN's film chain setup which at that point would have included RCA TK-27's.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Garfield Goose and Friends - "Clutch Cargo" (1971?) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 6:07pm CT

GHilbrich - Good observations. To answer your question, we did the transfer ourselves, direct from the original film reel. Everything you see, including the dissolve between the ID and the GG opening, was as it appears on the reel.

I agree with your reasoning. Perhaps we'd have a better idea where this came from if we can get any more information out of the original seller on Ebay. For example, I'd like to know how long this reel was in his possession, and where he got it from (was it an estate sale / private collection, or something else?)


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Garfield Goose and Friends - "Clutch Cargo" (1971?) by GHilbrich on Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 2:32pm CT

I do not believe that this was done for any other reason than someone taking home a souvenir of sorts. I think what you have here is one of (and maybe now the only) original, station used 16mm reels with the WGN Color Presentation and Garfield Goose intro that would have run any given morning before moving into the video feed with Frazier. Perhaps someone who worked at WGN got a hold of the materials here when the station was unloading reels into a dumpster and adding one of the full 5 part Clutch serials for continuity.

This is just a guess, of course. But judging from the flow of the 16mm print, it's probably the best bet (the Clutch episodes are spliced pretty tightly together without any leader, countdowns or "Place Commercial Here" slugs).

Maybe the person responsible for getting this reel out of WGN is or will read this and chime in.

I have to ask, Fuzzy, did you add the dissolve between the Color Presentation and GG titles? Do you have the actual reel or was it transferred and sent to you this way?


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SPOILER ALERT !!
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From what I have read in various message boards, including THE source for wrestling's past, kayfabememories.com , this sounded like a non-taped/broadcast house show to promote the big card at Comiskey Park in September; Robinson actually DID NOT win the title because Gagne's foot was on the rope when he was pinned. So, the belt was held up until the September card at Comiskey Park.

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Comment posted in WSNS Channel 44 - Bob Luce Wrestling - "Report on Verne Gagne Loss" (1974) by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 at 11:34am CT

Or, could this have been from Bob Luce Wrestling?


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Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Garfield Goose and Friends - "Clutch Cargo" (1971?) by ArmitageNLowell on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 12:34pm CT

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