Quentin Tarantino Says He Cut Two Different Versions of ‘The Hateful Eight’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Hateful Eight
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In addition to featuring an overture and an intermission, the limited engagement will include six extra minutes of material.

When audiences pay to see the limited roadshow engagement of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” this holiday season, it won’t just be the projection of Ultra Panavision 70mm photography that distinguishes it from multiplex versions released two weeks later. It will be a slightly different — and longer — film overall.

“The roadshow version has an overture and an intermission, and it will be three hours, two minutes,” Tarantino told Variety. “The multiplex version is about six minutes shorter, not counting the intermission time, which is about 12 minutes.”

The two-time Oscar winner was not ordered to truncate the film for the Jan. 8 wider release. Rather, he liked the idea of the roadshow experience having a little something extra. “Nor did I want to treat the multiplex release like this left-handed version, either,” he said. So he tweaked certain scenes to better suit the separate viewing experiences.

“The 70 is the 70,” he said. “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 sequences in question play in “big, long, cool, unblinking takes” in the 70mm version, Tarantino said. “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.”

Roadshow experiences are rare these days, but they have been implemented by filmmakers looking to make splashes. Kevin Smith toured his 2011 film “Red State,” four-walling it in theaters across the country at premium prices. In 2008, Steven Soderbergh’s two-part “Che” was presented as a double-feature roadshow in certain markets. Tarantino’s fellow celluloid proponents Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”) and Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar”) have released movies in the 70mm format in recent years, but it’s mostly reserved for repertory and retrospective programs.

Panavision retrofitted lenses for cameras during production of “The Hateful Eight” and made 2,000-foot magazines to hold the massive amounts of film. The Weinstein Company, meanwhile, is paying to install projectors in venues across the country. While only 16 70mm prints for “The Master” were struck, and 12 for “Interstellar,” the ambitious plan for the “Hateful Eight” roadshow is to play in 100 theaters when it opens Dec. 25.

Tarantino, who revamped the New Beverly Theater in Los Angeles last year with a film only directive, said 70mm could be a way to combat ubiquitous digital projection, a development he considers a bridge too far in the steady move away from celluloid.

“I didn’t realize what a lost cause 35mm projection was,” he said. “But what I also didn’t know is how excited everyone was going to be about 70. I think everybody is looking to see how we do in that first two weeks. But that’s also kind of exciting. 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.”

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  1. Mohit Kumar says:

    Tarantino movies are always my favorite movies. These movies will never regret their viewers. You get something unique always!!


  3. We would love to watch the other version, Tarantino films are always one step ahead of its viewers. you don’t know what you are expecting, but you always know what will you get!
    A Quality Film!

  4. Well considering I live in an area that most studio executives would consider a backwater – ie, NOT Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, big f-in’ city after big f’in city ad nauseum, my frustration at being sidelined for major feature releases because of where I choose to live only grows. Its not enough anymore that I have to rely on inadequate television to see such well-received releases as The Babadook and Goodnight Mommy because they’re no longer being run through multiplexes, but I’m being forcibly sidelined from these special event releases for no very good reason whatsoever. Would Cincinnati or Louisville be considered a possible venue for this roadshow? Or are we not metro enough?

    • zqjxk says:

      For what it’s worth, I’ll be in Los Angeles on Christmas Day and every site I see listing venues showing the film in 70mm indicate that no theater in L.A. is showing it. Not that that’s gonna get you a Babadook, but at least you not see it along with all of Southern California.

  5. But where can I find a 70mm screening??

  6. RedRaptor says:

    Great… This better warrant the running time. Django couldve easily told the same story in 2 hours flat, I’m hoping this movie isnt just as overbloated.

  7. Susan says:

    I heard exciting things about The Hateful Eight from a trustworthy friend who attended a test screening. He said the whole cast is great but Jennifer Jason Leigh steals the show and is a sure bet for a Supporting Actress nom.

  8. jeez louise says:

    I saw The Master first on a digital projection, then on 70mm. I could not visually identify what 70mm added that the digital projection did not.

  9. I love Tarantino, but he doesn’t seem to realize the 70s are over. If he thinks intermissions, and 70mm is going to sway the industry against digital, he’s insane. The double-feature Grindhouse didn’t work at the box office, and most people are going to the Multiplex or wait until the longer version of The Hateful Eight hits the internet.

  10. Grem says:

    I tend to agree with the criticism. For 160 IQ he keeps baking the same cake. QT is at his best when someone else is co-piloting the ship. Roger Avary (however you spell his name) co-wrote Pulp Fiction, which people tend to forget (go watch Killing Zoe and see what ingredients he added – it’s Pulp Fiction without Quentin Tarantino), and Tony Scott directed my personal favorite Tarantino movie (although Quentin doesn’t officially count it), True Romance. I read this script thinking, strangely enough, that it would be a zombie movie, they would get stuck in the cabin… and then, bang, zombies! It’s just straight up macho talk. That doesn’t get it done anymore.

  11. Sleyton says:

    It’s funny Tarantino annoys Cate Blanchett for acting in movies which he called only Oscar stuff but he wants cut his last film probably because wants it gets better reception from critics, pundits and Academy members.

  12. Bill says:

    Still awaiting that list of 70mm theatres; most today couldn’t even handle 70mm if given projectors free of charge.

  13. CC says:

    I wonder how many times Samuel L. Jackson will gleefully spout the “N” word in this Taratino “masterpiece”?

  14. The only sad thing is that it’ll still be extremely limited. Even if Tarantino says he isn’t treating the multiplex version as a left-handed versions, I’d rather watch the longer version, the version more faithful to his vision.

  15. Paul Beutel says:

    I love the idea of an old-style roadshow complete with overture and intermission. I have no objection to 3 hour-plus movies, but all of the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” films could have benefited from an intermission! Thank you, Quentin.

  16. HPR says:

    I like this idea. It’s a throwback to old exhibition – and maybe the industry needs a little “old” in the era of “new” viewing methods.

  17. lindsey says:


  18. spike says:

    he’s been telling the same crapmeister type of stories for 20 years. enough already. quentin, go back to the video store that you slithered out from

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