Making the multiplex version of Hateful Eight feel horribly inadequate, Quentin Tarantino has revealed that the 70mm roadshow version of the film is not just larger but also lasts longer.
To back up a second, Tarantino's Hateful Eight is being released in two formats: a standard, digitally-projected version and an Ultra Panavision version that will be shown in just 100 theaters that have been outfitted with projectors that can handle the expansive 70mm format. The latter version hits those specially-equipped theaters first, on December 25, and then the film will roll out nationwide January 8.
That has all long been established, but now Tarantino has revealed that the 70mm version will also be a different, longer, more contemplative experience viewers can forever obnoxiously brag about. "Oh, are you watching Hateful Eight on HBO? Wow, I couldn't imagine enjoying that version..."
"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 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."
It's said the roadshow version will be heavier on the "big, long, cool, unblinking takes." As Tarantino explained, "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. [The multiplex version is] a little less precious about itself."
Your choice: do you want that big, beautiful, extra-large pizza we've been eagerly waiting to receive? Or the pepperoni Hot Pocket that condenses those elements into something that should only really be consumed on a couch?