Quentin Tarantino wants to make The Hateful Eight 70mm Roadshow experience a special one. Which makes sense, as he's traveled the country personally helping over 50 movie theaters install new 70mm projectors. This won't be the same version multiplex visitors will see in 2016. No, The Hateful Eight arriving on Christmas day will be longer, and somewhat different from the general release.
The Hateful Eight Roadshow exhibit is rolling out to celebrate and get audiences excited for true film projection in theaters. And what better way to get fans to buy a ticket than by releasing two different versions of the movie? The longer version will be in select theaters two weeks before the wide release version. Speaking with Variety about what fans can expect from the alternate cut of this three hour Western, which arrives in theaters with an intermission, Quentin Tarantino had this to say.
"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."
Even with the three hour runtime and 12 minute intermission, Quentin Tarantino was not asked to trim the multiplex version. He simply liked the idea that the 70mm cut would be a different experience. And he wanted to give fans a little something extra. He explains that he tweaked certain scenes so that they would play better in each separate viewing environment. And the longer version will have a slightly different tone.
"I [did not] want to treat the multiplex release like this left-handed version, either. 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. Or you're at Hot Dog on a Stick and you just want to catch a movie. [The different scenes come in] big, long, cool, unblinking takes. 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."
There are many places throughout the U.S. that do not have access to a 70mm projector, though the director did try to rectify that. Still, there are plenty of people who will miss out on the 70mm experience, and the longer cut of the film. It isn't known at this time if both versions will be available on the eventual Blu-ray released in 2016. Hateful Eight 70mm Roadshow experience arrives December 25. The multiplex general screenings begin on January 8. Which version will you see?