The Hateful Eight - Version Differences Emerge
Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight has a quite troubled production history. After the script leak and Tarantino almost scrabbing the project entirely, he ultimately decided to do it but changed the ending in the process (we reported). And furthermore, the eccentric director went full force and made The Hateful Eight into some sort of passion project that should promote and save the 70mm format on which the movie was filmed instead of digital cameras.
He took it so far that his Western is now existing in 2 versions. One for the regular mass release in the multiplex cinemas and one that is shown in cinemas that can project the 70mm format (and there are only a few theaters left in the US). This so-called Roadshow version has an ouverture and an intermission that last about 6 minutes. But apart from that, there are 6 more minutes of actual footage that is included. It was unknown what scenes that could be but recently, producer Richard Gladstein talked to Collider and described the differences roughly.
Gladstein didn't have an answer to the question whether fans could anticipate that the Blu-ray carries both versions of the movie since he didn't speak to Tarantino about it yet. He mentioned, though, that the Roadshow Cut could be aired on TV channels that show film classics in a couple of years. For fans, it would surely be desirable that the rare 70mm version becomes available more widely even though that would work against Tarantino's initial intention that is fueled by consumers watching films on small devices and not in the sope that they were made for originally. It'll be interesting to see how this case plays out and we'll know more once the home video release for The Hateful Eight is announced.
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