Quentin Tarantino has been very vocal about his love for film since the beginning of his career. The more and more digital has begun to take over both in how films are shot, and how they are projected though, the more apparent Tarantino’s crusade to keep film alive as a viewing option has become with each of his new releases. He’s one of a number of directors fighting to keep film alive though, with several other notable collaborators including Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Judd Apatow, Paul Thomas Anderson, and more.
However, with The Hateful Eight it looks like Tarantino is planning on making film an integral part of the movie. Not only did he shoot the movie on 70mm print, which is one of the most beautiful formats you can see a movie on, he’s also been very vocal about making sure the film is shown in that format in as many theatres as possible. It looks like he just added another reason for people to seek out the original format though.
According to a new report, Tarantino has created two different cuts of The Hateful Eight, with one being slightly longer than the other. In the two weeks leading up to the film’s release, there will be a roadshow tour throughout the country showing the movie in its original 70mm format, which will be slightly bigger and longer than the version of the film released in other formats. He explained this decision to Variety, and you can find his full quote below:
“The roadshow version has an overture and an intermission, and it will be three hours, two minutes. The multiplex version is about six minutes shorter, not counting the intermission time, which is about 12 minutes.”
He explained that the longer version of the film will feature “big, long, unblinking takes” that really take full advantage of the 70mm format, and apparently the director decided to approach the two versions of the film as two different kinds of viewing experiences:
“[The longer cut] was awesome in the bigness of 70, but sitting on your couch, maybe it’s not so awesome. So I cut it up a little bit. It’s a little less precious about itself.”
For the legendary filmmaker though, his goal is not only for the 70mm format to blow audiences away, but also for the film’s (hopeful) success to make it easier for future filmmakers to create their movies in whatever format they want, including 70mm:
“I didn’t realize what a lost cause 35mm projection was. But what I also didn’t know is how excited everyone was going to be about 70. I think everybody is looking to see how we do in that first two weeks. But that’s also kind of exciting. I’m hoping that Hateful Eight does well enough that that becomes, for the filmmakers who care, the new premier way to launch their movie in an exclusive way.”
Tarantino will be retrofitting fifty theatres with the 70mm projectors and Anamorphic lenses for those who want to show the movie in its purest form, with the full theatre experience available for the audiences. Unfortunately, this means that there will be a large number of Tarantino fans who might not get to see The Hateful Eight in the director’s preferred format, but for those who live in cities or near participating theatres, it looks like you’ll have a chance to see the movie in the way it was always meant to be.
The Hateful Eight is being marketed as a return to the epic Westerns, and judging by the trailers and production details, it certainly sounds like it has the potential to live up to the hype. Tarantino movies have become an event though for a number of movie buffs, and he’s one of the few directors out there who are always the stars of their movies, much like Steven Spielberg or even Alfred Hitchcock, so it’s safe to say that The Hateful Eight has a good shot of being one of the bigger successes of the Holiday season this year. Will Tarantino’s dream of it helping to preserve film projection end up coming true though? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
The Hateful Eight is set to hit theatres on December 25th.
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