Quentin Tarantino has provided even more incentive for catching "The Hateful Eight" in its initial roadshow release: The 70mm version will be longer.
“The roadshow version has an overture and an intermission, and it will be three hours, two minutes,” the filmmaker told Variety. “The multiplex version is about six minutes shorter, not counting the intermission time, which is about 12 minutes.”
The 70mm release will arrive Dec. 25 in about 100 theaters, followed Jan. 8 by the Western's digital wide release. In addition to different run times, Tarantino -- a longtime advocate of film projection -- said the two edits will feature different versions of some scenes.
“The 70 is the 70,” he said. “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.”
Starring an ensemble cast that includes Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins and Tim Roth, "The Hateful Eight" is set in post-Civil War Wyoming, where a group of bounty hunters tries to find shelter during a blizzard but instead gets drawn into a plot of deception and betrayal.