‘Hateful Eight’ 70mm Projection Issues ‘Rare and Far Between,’ Weinstein Company Says

Despite a strong opening for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” 70mm Roadshow engagement, projection problems plagued several screenings over Christmas weekend.

Some projections were out of focus, while others had no sound or experienced soundtrack synching issues, according to reactions on Twitter.

Erik Lomis, distribution chief for The Weinstein Company, asserted that the problems occurred at fewer than 1% of the weekend showings.

However, Indiewire’s Samuel Adams posted a poll on Twitter than found 19% of respondents reported projection problems as of Monday afternoon:

“Those tweets don’t give an accurate picture of how well the Roadshow 70mm showings have gone,” Lomis said. “They represent issues that were rare and far between. And when those select occurrences happened, the projectionists immediately fixed the issue or switched to the DCP print, so moviegoers all still got to see Quentin’s incredible film. Part of the risk and thrill of 70mm and celluloid film is honoring its imperfections and the history it brings with it. The box office numbers speak for themselves to how well audiences are responding to this film.”

Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:

A press screening in early December at the Majestic Crest Theatre in Westwood also had presentation problems.

“The Hateful Eight” wound up the weekend in 10th place at the U.S. box office with an impressive $4.6 million at 100 venues in 44 U.S. markets — the largest 70mm release in the last 20 years.

The Weinstein Co. moved up “The Hateful Eight’s” wide release in the U.S. to New Year’s Day — a week earlier than previously planned — with the aim of taking advantage of strong buzz.

“The Hateful Eight” stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern. Tarantino’s eighth movie follows a bounty hunter (played by Russell) traveling with a prisoner (Leigh) to post-Civil War Wyoming, where they and six other strangers seek refuge in a stopover on a mountain pass during a blizzard.

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