The Hateful Eight’s 70mm Roadshow Legacy, Explained

By  · Published on December 2nd, 2015

Later this month, Quentin Tarantino’s new film The Hateful Eight will shoot its way into theaters. It begins with a limited release on Christmas Day, followed by a wider release on January 8. But in that meantime period, there will also be a Roadshow in which the film will be shown in its proper 70mm Ultra Panavision format. This will be the first time in 50 years that a true 70mm film will be released and displayed in its beautiful, wide format.

In the video below, Ultra Panavision 70 gets the ultimate hype man in Samuel L. Jackson. It also gets Quentin Tarantino, DP Bob Richardson and others describing the process through which the 70mm glory of The Hateful Eight was created. And more importantly, how it will be seen by audiences as it travels the country in special release.

This is a fantastically cool event. As our world of entertainment consumption continues to evolve toward higher availability with lower effort on the part of the end user (ie. streaming, streaming, streaming), it’s nice to see that there are still cinematic events that will compel people to go out and have a shared experience. We’re getting two of these in December 2015. The first with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has the makings of a cultural landmark event. The second will be the 70mm release of The Hateful Eight, something that might be more finely tuned for cinephiles and junkies, but will be exciting and necessary all the same.

For more, watch the behind the scenes featurette below. Beware, it gets really nerdy (and wonderful).

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