Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight will be hitting select theaters early with a special projection in Ultra Panavision 70mm photography, as promoted at the end of the first trailer for the film, but now audiences will also be treated to a longer version that’ll be a little different from the theatrical release that will hit multiplexes a few weeks later.
Variety spoke with Tarantino about the whole “roadshow” experience:
“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.”
Tarantino wanted to make it clear that this was all by design. He wanted to have a roadshow experience but also didn’t want to write off the multiplex release as well, claiming that each experience would be beneficial depending on the viewer:
“The 70 is the 70, You’ve paid the money. You’ve bought your ticket. So you’re there. I’ve got you. But I actually changed the cutting slightly for a couple of the multiplex scenes because it’s not that. Now it’s on Showtime Extreme. You’re watching it on TV and you just kind of want to watch a movie on your couch…It 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.”
100 theaters throughout the US will be retrofitted with Panavision lenses on projectors that will be able to hold 2,000-foot magazines, which would house the amount of film needed for The Hateful Eight‘s 3 hour runtime. Tarantino has made his love for film over digital very clear in the past and this push just further demonstrates that:
“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.”
The Hateful Eight takes place in post-Civil War Wyoming and focuses on a group of bounty hunters trying to find shelter during a blizzard, but betrayal and deception awaits them as they hunker down for the storm. The cast, like all Tarantino films, is stacked with some awesome players: Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Channing Tatum, and more.
The Hateful Eight Hits Theaters Christmas Day.