The Weinstein Company (TWC) will release Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” in 70mm on Christmas day followed by an exclusive two-week roadshow opening in 70mm in select theaters nationwide, the company announced today. Following this two-week period, the film will open nationally with a theatrical digital release on January 8, 2016, while it continues to be shown in 70mm.
This will mark the widest 70mm release in over 20 years, according to TWC. In 2012, TWC distributed Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” in 70mm. The format, known for its wide-scope and high-resolution image quality, captures nearly twice the landscape of 35mm and digital styles. Tarantino, along with Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams and other top directors recently urged the major Hollywood studios to negotiate a deal with Kodak to continue production of 70mm and other film formats.
“Our long relationship with Quentin Tarantino is one of the cornerstones of this company, so it’s incredibly special to us to be releasing his latest film in such a spectacular way on 70mm – we can’t think of a finer Christmas gift to be giving movie lovers and Tarantino fans this year,” said TWC President of Theatrical Distribution and Home Entertainment Erik Lomis in a statement.
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Earlier this week, a report surfaced that Tarantino had plans to help put 70mm projectors equipped with anamorphic gear into 50 theaters worldwide so the film can be screened properly.
Now in post-production, “The Hateful Eight” was shot on 65mm negative and is likely the first production to use Ultra Panavision 70 anamorphic lenses since “Khartoum” in 1966.