by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Director Quentin Tarantino has been very vocal about his displeasure in the advance of the digital age and the abandonment of 35MM film as a method to capture movie magic. His newest film The Hateful Eight was actually filmed on 70MM and the filmmaker is even retrofitting 50 theaters nationwide with 70MM projectors with Anamorphic Projection lenses so audiences can properly enjoy his vision.
But that’s not all. In the two weeks prior to the film’s digital release date of January 8, 2016 Tarantino will premiere the film in a 70MM traveling roadshow. And the version that starts showing on Christmas day will actually be a slightly different version than the widespread release.
Speaking to Variety on the matter, Tarantino explained what the differences would be:
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 also said that the six extra minutes are “big, long, cool unblinking takes.”
[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.
Does six minutes of “cool” shots being cut really make a difference? It certainly does for me. The average fan might be turned off by the three hour time limit, though. I’m all for it, more Tarantino is always better, but I’m going to pick my showing very carefully as most public audiences have trouble containing themselves for 90 minutes, let alone twice that time.
Tarantino has always been a supporter of the theater experience and I agree that many films are better on a giant screen (and when viewed with an enthusiastic audience). I’d expect if you can’t catch the “super” version of The Hateful Eight it might make an appearance when it comes out on Special Edition Blu-ray in the future. (Though Jay has been waiting a decade for Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, so who knows.)