Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” kicked off its 70mm roadshow engagement on one-hundred screens over the Christmas weekend. It was a successful launch, despite reports of projection problems impacting several screenings.
Variety reports that some screenings were out of focus, while others had no sound or experienced soundtrack synching issues. Whenever issues happened, projectionists immediately fixed the issue or switched to the DCP print so people still got to see the film.
A debate however has arisen as to how often these problems occured. The Weinstein Company distribution chief Erik Lomis says the problems occurred at fewer than 1% of the weekend showings. An unofficial Indiewire poll though found 19% of respondents reporting projection problems as of Monday afternoon.
Responding to that report, Lomis says: “Those tweets don’t give an accurate picture of how well the Roadshow 70mm showings have gone. 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.”
The general release of the theatrical cut of the film has been moved up and will now open this Friday. The roadshow presentation will continue screening in its current venues in the near future.