Tarantino is one of those directors in Hollywood who can get us excited for an upcoming movie just by giving his name to it. It is a brand, a guarantee that you will be amused from the start to the very last scene. No surprise that The Hateful Eight (the new upcoming film by Tarantino) is probably one of the most anticipated movies yet to come in 2015.
When it arrives in theaters, some will show it in a 70mm projection (as it was meant to be) while those that don't, will be screening a slightly different and not to mention shorter version of the film.
In a recent interview with variety.com the director commented on the double-release:
I actually changed the cutting slightly for a couple of the multiplex scenes because it’s not [the 70mm version]. 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. … 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.
There will be two different versions of The Hateful Eight coming to cinemas this December. Upon initial release of the movie, selected theaters that feature the required retro-equipment will be screening the "original" cut in 70mm Ultra Panavision that is the longer, ideal version of the film, the way it was meant to be seen. Featuring an additional overture and intermission resulting in an overwhelming three hours of playtime.
The "digitalised" version will arrive two weeks later, with re-edited scenes and shorter cuts to accommodate the format change.
Tarantino, who is considered as a true fan of film, hopes that by doing this he can inspire other filmmakers to use film to record instead of the digital way. The "original" 70mm cut is recommended for hardcore cinephiles, while for others I would advise to wait for the multiplex release as tickets will be hard to come by for the first version.