Tarantino fans: Turns out there are TWO versions of ‘The Hateful Eight’
For those who want to get the FULL experience out of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, we’ve got some good news. The director has announced that he’s got two versions of his Western. One, will be the regular movie you see at your local theater. The other will be a true film-going experience with a prelude and an intermission and will run about three hours long. So it’s a good thing there’s a solid intermission halfway through.
If you’ve read any sort of article where Tarantino talks about film, you know that he worships at the altar of film. Not just actually watching movies, but the whole experience and the process of making movies, too. He decided that for Hateful Eight he was going to shoot on real film, rather than digital, and the movie will be released in 70mm. That’s some pretty big film, double the size of the standard 35mm.
Not only that, but his idea for seeing Hateful Eight includes callbacks to “roadshow movies,” which means that it opens in limited theaters, and is more like a special event that a true movie screening. That’s the second kind of Hateful Eight cut we’re getting this winter.
“The roadshow version has an overture and an intermission, and it will be three hours, two minutes,” Tarantino explained to Variety. “The multiplex version is about six minutes shorter, not counting the intermission time, which is about 12 minutes.”
He’s also gone ahead and changed a few scenes in each movie, because he understands in the 70mm showings, you’ve paid for that. At the regular theaters it’s like “you’re watching it on TV and you just kind of want to watch a movie on your couch.” At the roadshow theaters, it’s a much more immersive experience—with some director’s cut content thrown in.
Hateful Eight will open in these roadshow theaters at Christmas, with a wide release at the beginning of January. But, obviously, he’s a little more excited about the first release.
“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,” he explains. Actually going to the movies that treats the new release like an event? Yes please. We’re hoping it does well enough, too, because we’re totally on-board with movies that build in an intermission for a quick bathroom break.
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