“What is a roadshow, you ask?”
With that familiar trill in his voice, “Hateful Eight” star Samuel L. Jackson introduces the film’s “grand,” “glorious” 70mm roadshow, beginning Christmas Day, as a throwback to the glamour of “Gone with the Wind,” “El Cid,” and “Ben-Hur.” The eight-minute featurette, which also includes interviews with director Quentin Tarantino, cinematographer Bob Richardson, and (in costume) cast members Walton Goggins and Jennifer Jason Leigh, is nerdy as hell, and all the better for it.
Dabbled with archival footage and a few fresh glimpses of Richardson’s handiwork, the video’s a useful introduction to a technique, and a form of distribution, that have both gone the way of the dinosaurs. With reserved seating, an overture, an intermission, and even printed programs, the roadshow—a necessity of 70mm exhibition, Tarantino explains, because so few cinemas can (or want) to convert—turns a night at the movies into a night on the town.
“I think he is reminding people,” Goggins says of Tarantino, “that the cinema is a place to be revered.”