Tarantino Explains Why He Choose A 70mm Projection For The Hateful Eight

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Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

With the holidays come cold weather, big sweaters, great food, hot drinks, and overall good times. This year will bring an extra ingredient to the holidays: blood, courtesy of one of our favourite uncles, Quentin Tarantino.

Tarantino’s eight movie The Hateful Eight is coming out on Christmas in glorious 70mm with a wider digital release starting in January. It’s a worldwide known truth that Tarantino is against digital filmmaking so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he chose a 70mm release to debut his new western. But hey, what’s so glorious about 70mm, you might ask? Why not let the man himself explain it to you?

Back in July, at SDCC, Hall H attendees not only got a very juicy first look at the hateful eight but we also got a featurette in which Tarantino explained why he chose a 70mm projection. As mentioned above, he is very passionate about the craft of filmmaking, and is not enthusiastic at all about the digital era.

The featurette has now been released for eveyone to enjoy. The video is almost eight minutes long (man, they could have made it eight minutes long to fit the title of the movie! Whatever. This is why they should hire me) but its worth the time. Believe me when I tell you there’s nothing like Tarantino talking about the things he is passionate about; he is so enthusiastic!

But first, an introduction by Samuel L. Jackson, who, sadly, couldn’t attend Comic Con. We then go with Mr. Tarantino and a bit of history on road shows. Basically, Tarantino wants to give us a very special experience that now a days, in the era of digital filmmaking, is hard to find.

We go back to Samuel L. Jackson to learn the magical wonders of 70mm projection: in short, it makes your viewing experience “even doper”. Couldn’t have said it better, Mr. Jackson.

“By shooting in 65mm I’m guaranteeing to some degree or another, there will be 70mm film prints out there in the world screening for people who care”, Tarantino shared.

It’s like a small masterclass on film formats and its glorious. In all honesty – and pardon my language, in case you are offended although you shouldn’t – this video is a freaking cinematic orgasm.

Watch and let me know what you think

Don’t forget you have a date with these eight characters on Christmas Day in selected theatres for a full cinematic experience, and on January 8th in the rest of the digital world.