Christmas can't come soon enough.
First it was announced that Tarantino's latest flick, The Hateful Eight (which was shot in 65mm anamorphic), will get the widest 70mm release in over 20 years. That alone is enough to get any hardcore cinephile stoked for the holidays, but it looks like The Hateful Eight will be playing second fiddle to another epic western shot on large format. I'm talking, of course, about Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant, which was shot by Emmanuel Lubezki on the new Alexa 65 camera system. And as of today, The Revenant has its first trailer, and it looks amazeballs.
Not only is that trailer gorgeous and visceral and a whole bunch of other adjectives, but, if I'm not mistaken, it gives us our first true look at footage from the Alexa 65. To my eyes, the combination of a massive 65mm-sized sensor, paired with some extremely wide Hasselblad 65 primes, creates an immense amount of depth in the frames. When paired with the remote wilderness of Alberta, this technological pairing (in addition to Chivo's compositional prowess), will likely give us some of the most stunning nature cinematography in recent memory.
Anyhow, I'm stupidly excited for this flick, and if you have a functioning set of eyeballs, you probably should be too.