It turns out when Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “The Hateful Eight” gets a theatrical release at Christmas, there will be two different versions in the cinemas.
Audiences paying to see the Ultra Panavision 70mm limited roadshow engagement of the film will be getting a slightly longer film than the one that will get a wide theatrical release in multiplexes two weeks later.
The roadshow cut will feature an overture, a twelve-minute intermission, and a further six extra minutes of material. That means that cut will clock in at a 182 minute runtime. Tarantino tells Variety it isn’t a single added sequence but rather certain scenes overall have been tweaked to better suit the separate viewing experiences:
“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.”
Specifically the 70mm offers “big, long, cool, unblinking takes” for some scenes, but those long takes get some editing in the multiplex version: “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.”
“The Hateful Eight” opens December 25th.