Hateful Eight Featurette Explains Panavision

As we know, the upcoming release of Quentin Tarantino’s 182-minute long western thriller “The Hateful Eight” scores a two-week 70mm “roadshow release” at Christmas followed by a more standard wide opening on January 8th.

While cinephiles have a basic idea of what a ‘roadshow’ presentation entails (namely a musical overture and intermission) and why it’s so special that ‘Hateful’ was shot on 65mm film using Ultra Panavision lenses. So, a new seven-minute featurette hosted by Samuel L. Jackson which explains the technology and the history of both roadshow presentations and Ultra Panavision.

Various key people involved from kid in a candy store Tarantino to the more austere cinematographer Robert Richardson discuss working with the same camera lenses that shot some of the biggest movies of all time and hadn’t been used since the 1960s and have only been employed on ten other features.