June 13, 2015

Long Live 70mm! Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' Will Get a 70mm Anamorphic Release in 50 Cities

Taratino Hateful Eight Poster 70mm
Christmas has come early this year.

Well, actually, Christmas will be coming at the same time as it does every year, but this year it will also come with an extra special present for fans of 70mm (and let's be honest, anyone with a functioning set of eyeballs is a fan of 70mm). Today, The Weinstein Company announced that Quentin Tarantino's newest flick, The Hateful Eight, will be released on Christmas day with a glorious 70mm anamorphic presentation.

Not only that, but it's being reported that theaters in 50 cities across the US will be retrofitted with 70mm projectors in order to bring the full 70mm experience to as wide an audience as possible. Though it has not been confirmed yet, this would make The Hateful Eight the widest 70mm release in over 20 years. No word yet on which cities and theaters will be getting the 70mm treatment, but we'll share that list as soon as we have it.

Quentin Tarantino & Robert Richardson

The Hateful Eight was shot by frequent Tarantino collaborator Robert Richardson (who's a legendary DP in his own right). The pair shot the film on Kodak 65mm with a set of Ultra Panavision 70 anamorphic lenses that apparently haven't seen the light of day since the were used on the 1966 epic Khartoum. 

Also slated for an early 2016 release is Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant, which was of course lensed by none other than Emmanuel Lubezki with Arri's new Alexa 65 camera system. Needless to say, 2016 will likely be a great year for epic westerns shot on larger cinema formats.     

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70mm with anamorphic lenses create magic. If you guys haven't seen my comparison of a true anamorphic lens vs modded spherical anamorphic style lens you can check it here http://renderstory.com/the-anamorphic-format/

June 13, 2015 at 11:13AM

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Einar Gabbassoff
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wow!!! my dream is to shoot on 70mm...can't wait for this film to come out!!!

June 13, 2015 at 4:11PM, Edited June 13, 4:11PM

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Stephanie Mahalis
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Well, it's about the story. If the film is boring the look won't matter. People will only remember it was boring. If it's not boring the look won't matter much either. People will remember it was a movie worth watching.

I'm going to watch African Queen, not shot in 70mm.

June 13, 2015 at 7:50PM

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Gene Nemetz
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I don't understand this, or other similar posts. It's a given. Obviously people are going to remember the story. Everyone knows that. It doesn't need to be restated. Why do people feel the need to say this every five minutes? It's not profound or helpful or anything of substance.

June 13, 2015 at 8:32PM

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Joshua Bowen
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Because the world will never by shy of A-holes.

June 13, 2015 at 8:54PM

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Vincent Gortho
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Plus... it's Tarantino...

June 15, 2015 at 6:28PM

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Franklin Carpio
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Well, yes it does need to be restated.

The reason it does is those who think it's near sublime to shoot with 70mm need reminding. The fawning over what camera and format is used is useless. It matters only to a very small handful of people. And the insistence to use 70mm seems self indulgent. Thinking it means something significant to the story to use 70mm is something that just begs comments like mine. 70mm won't add anything to the story. Like I said, people want to watch a movie that was worth their time. Considering what camera, or film grade was used, does not factor in to people's minds in determining whether a movie was worth watching or not. No one says anything about the look of Jaws when they are watching it. It's just fun to watch... or does the look matter to you?

Just shoot on a a7S, with a Shogun, and save yourself a whole lot of time and effort. It will look fantastic! Film has few left using it. It's an appliance of sentimentality. Everyone else has gone, and is staying with, digital. But that small handful can't understand that. In a way I can understand why they can't. Movies have a special place with people. Film is still special to a few people.

June 15, 2015 at 11:54PM, Edited June 16, 12:24AM

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Gene Nemetz
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Yaaaaawwn! oh, sorry. Dosed off there for a second while you were pontificating.

June 16, 2015 at 10:44PM

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Vincent Gortho
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Have a nice night.

June 17, 2015 at 1:49AM

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Gene Nemetz
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Bringing up jaws is a pretty bad example, considering people still talk about the way it looks and what techniques were used, to this day. Hell, it's world famous for cementing the vertigo zoom as a cinematic technique and not a one-off thing. It pioneered animatronics as well.

Shooting this on 65mm may only be significant to a few people, but my friend you went to one of the few places where those kinds of people gather in hordes, only to complain about how people are interested about it. Do you really think anyone on here is going to proclaim "The Hateful Eight" a great movie simply because it was shot on 65mm?

Story always comes first, but without a paintbrush the story won't find its audience at all. Choosing the right brush for the job is part of the process, and obviously Tarantino and Richardson felt that 65mm gave them something more than any other system so why don't you sit back and enjoy their contribution to the world of cinema and let those who want to discuss, discuss away?

Also, film is not used out of sentimentality. Having worked with Alexa, dragon, f55, 16mm, etc. there's still nothing out there that surpasses the sheer image quality of film. The Alexa comes pretty close but it's not there yet. Most of all, I think a lot of directors/dop's stick with it because it's a different way of working. Instead of just rolling and rolling and constantly fixing stuff in post, you plan ahead of time, think of your cuts before the shoot, and try to nail as much in camera as possible.

July 20, 2015 at 7:44PM

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Oscar Stegland
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If all you care about is story maybe you should just read books instead.

November 21, 2015 at 8:13PM, Edited November 21, 8:13PM

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Daniel Wiles
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I can't think of one Tarantino film where the story was "boring" or forgetable. I'm not a fanboi or anything, but of all the modern writer/directors out there, this guy creates films that are far from "boring."

On another note, he has always changed his films' elements as a throwback to influential films/filmmakers. Using 70mm is something that he has not done yet, and doing so pays homage to those films/filmmakers that used it.

June 16, 2015 at 10:46AM

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Jason
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Then you are agreeing that 70mm film is only used for sentimental reasons.

June 16, 2015 at 8:41PM

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Gene Nemetz
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Why do you care so much? Just focus on yourself. People know story matters. There's hasn't really been anybody who comes here thinking a camera will make them better. But if they have cash and access, they can spend it as they please. Now get back to work.

June 16, 2015 at 10:50PM

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Vincent Gortho
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I am not caring that much. It's a 13 word reply.

And yeah, it looks like there are many who think the camera makes their work better.

It's not just more cash required to use 70mm. It's more time.

June 17, 2015 at 1:53AM, Edited June 17, 1:58AM

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Gene Nemetz
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You assume you know more about what makes a good movie than Tarantino because. . . ?

June 21, 2015 at 8:33PM

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Joshua Bowen
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70mm made his movies 'good' in the past?

June 24, 2015 at 12:24AM, Edited June 24, 12:24AM

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Gene Nemetz
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Well, good for him I guess.

June 13, 2015 at 8:43PM, Edited June 13, 8:43PM

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Terma Louis
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He now has the money for it to be good for him. He can afford the luxury of pure self indulgence. The rest of us are quite satisfied with digital. Actually, quite happy. :-)

June 17, 2015 at 1:55AM

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Gene Nemetz
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Hopefully it will be shown somewhere with a 70mm projector, otherwise I don't think the audience will appreciate this format.

June 13, 2015 at 10:58PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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The post specifically states that 50 theaters will be retrofitted with 70mm projectors.

June 15, 2015 at 12:12PM

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Adam Wright
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Seems like it would be wiser to prepare for 8K than 70mm.

June 15, 2015 at 11:57PM

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Gene Nemetz
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Any idea if UK cinemas will get a 70mm release? I still think it will be awesome to see this even if we only get to see it in Digital screens.

But 70mm will have an impact on the 'feel'!

June 14, 2015 at 7:29AM

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It's about the story. Who cares if he shot it on 65mm film and 70mm lenses which haven't been used since Khartoom. Khartoom was boring. It wasn't about story. He should've shot h8ful 8 on hi-8 because it doesn't matter, it's about story, plus hi-8 sounds like h8ful 8. If you'll all excuse me, I'm about to watch 2001: A Space Odessey not shot on hi-8.

June 14, 2015 at 11:11AM

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The body language in the photo says a lot I think. I'd heard Tino's horrid to work with but thats an interesting look being given by the guy in the background. Looks like the cinematographer would rather be somewhere else too.

But I shouldn't try reading too much into a photo.

June 14, 2015 at 9:47PM

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Richardson probably wouldn't have shot all but one of Tarantino's past 5 films if he didn't enjoy working with the man. He's shot half the man's career...

July 20, 2015 at 7:52PM

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Oscar Stegland
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Fellow filmmakers, you have to look at things in context. When approaching filmmaking at the highest level, of course story is important, but you also have every tool one could possibly want available to you. With that being said, the selection of tools becomes important in the telling of the story. Choosing to film on 70mm and projecting in 70mm has an impact on the viewer and the way they perceive the story, so it is important. I think we should save the comments on filmmaking being about story and not the camera for people who don't have every tool available to them and unfortunately wait to make a film because they don't have the latest hot camera, that is the context in which that statement has value.

June 15, 2015 at 12:33PM

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Adam Wright
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London, please! I was lucky enough to see 'The Master' in it's large format print and it was wonderful, so this is a must-see for me.

June 19, 2015 at 4:32AM

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I bet you could look through every single post that Robert Hardy has ever written, and find out that he's somehow linked the subject (whatever that subject might be) back to his favourite person in the world Emmanuel Lubezki. We get it...you like him!

June 22, 2015 at 1:06PM

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James Oldham
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