The year is 1988 and Siskel & Ebert really want you to get a video phone. If nothing else can make you appreciate having a powerful computer capable of clear video chat in your pocket, this will.
As part of their 1988 video gift guide–for a brief time during the late 80s and early 90s the movie critic duo released holiday buying guides, as odd as that sounds–Siskel and Ebert try out a video phone and marvel at the capabilities.
Not only is it grainy but it’s not real time and the voice conversation is actually cut out during the transmission of the images. Much has changed in the intervening decades.
Siskel and Ebert 1988 Holiday Gift Guide [YouTube]
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- Published 01/21/11