Quentin Tarantino’s passion for cinema – especially that from the pre-digital age – is no secret. The filmmaker has been quite vocal about his qualms with the various new formats hitting cinemas, and he’s decided to, where possible, release his latest film in 70mm.
“The movie is shot in 65mm then projected in 70mm, with an image twice the size you’re used to,” explains Samuel L. Jackson in this informative featurette released to promote the special “roadshow version” of The Hateful Eight set to hit select cinemas throughout the U.S..
The Hateful Eight is the eleventh feature shot in Ultra Panavision, the widest format there is. Director of Photography Bob Richardson took a visit to Panavision, and that’s where he says he noticed some strange-looking lenses: the Ultra Panavisions. Richardson knew almost immediately that these lenses, which hadn’t been used since the 1966 Charlton Heston-starring drama Khartoum, would get the image Tarantino had in mind.
Rebuilding cameras and retrofitting lenses proved to be quite the task; we’ll find out if it was all worth it come The Hateful Eight‘s release.
The Hateful Eight, starring Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, Bruce Dern, and Channing Tatum, will hit the U.S. on limited release on December 25 before opening wide on January 8. Australia will see the film open on January 14.
Synopsis for The Hateful Eight:
In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…