Not only will the film utilize Ultra Panavision 70mm photography and include an overture and intermission, but Variety exclusively reports that it will feature an additional six minutes of runtime, bringing its total length up to three hours and two minutes.
“The roadshow version has an overture and an intermission, and it will be three hours, two minutes,” Tarantino told Variety. “The multiplex version is about six minutes shorter, not counting the intermission time, which is about 12 minutes.”
The director has also tweaked certain sections of the film so that they end up playing better in their respective formats — 70mm and digital, the latter of which begins rolling out in nationwide release on January 8.
“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.”
Tarantino is hoping the move drives more people out to the theater early to catch the exclusive film print of the Western.
“I didn’t realize what a lost cause 35mm projection was,” he said. “But what I also didn’t know is how excited everyone was going to be about 70. I think everybody is looking to see how we do in that first two weeks. But that’s also kind of exciting. I’m hoping that ‘Hateful Eight’ does well enough that that becomes, for the filmmakers who care, the new premier way to launch their movie in an exclusive way.”
“The Hateful Eight” stars Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Damien Bichir, Bruce Dern, Walter Goggins and many more. Watch the trailer above, and head over to Variety for more from Tarantino.