The Hateful Eight brings together eight bounty hunters in post-Civil War Wyoming, who try to find shelter during a blizzard, but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. The question posed is – will they survive?
And now the official trailer has been released.
My question is – Can this actually improve upon the overegged pudding that was Django Unchained, a decent two-hour film trapped in a sprawling near-three-hour mess?
The eighth film from writer/director Quentin Tarantino, while I loved his first three – Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, I went less a bundle on both Kill Bill movies. Death Proof, which seems to be left out of this ‘eight’ was a mess, but I thought Inglourious Basterds was almost a complete return to form.
The Hateful Eight also marks the first time Tarantino has shot the film in Ultra Panavision 70 at a widescreen ratio of 2.75:1, which is a slight bit wider than the original Ben Hur (2.66:1), but a little less than the three-screen Cinerama delight of How The West Was Won (2.89:1).
The film will also be showing in two versions – 176 mins for most cinemas, and a 182-min ‘roadshow version’ in 70mm, but both will also include an intermission. When you add almost 30 minutes to the running time for adverts and trailers, that’s good! When Interstellar was released in 2014, only four UK cinemas could show the 70mm IMAX version with a number of 1.44:1 scenes that’ll never be seen outside of a 70mm cinema. Thankfully, these auditoriums included my cinema of choice – the Odeon IMAX screen in Manchester, which is the second largest IMAX screen in Europe (just slightly smaller than the BFI in London).
The Hateful Eight has a huge cast including Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Zoë Bell, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, Bruce Dern and a rumoured appearance from Channing Tatum and is released in the UK on January 8th 2016, ahead of the US getting it on Christmas Day. No doubt Tarantino’s going for the Oscar/BAFTA nods next time round…
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image:
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