Quentin Tarantino is Retrofitting 50 Theaters with 70mm Projectors for THE HATEFUL EIGHT

     June 8, 2015

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Quentin Tarantino wants to make sure you have the chance to see The Hateful Eight properly. After shooting his latest film in the stunning high-resolution, wide image 70mm format, Tarantino has plans to retrofit 50 theaters worldwide with the film projectors and anamorphic lenses required to do the photography justice.

In today’s cinematic landscape, shooting on film is rare and shooting on 70mm is almost unheard of, but Tarantino and cinematographer Robert Richardson took things to the next level, filming The Hateful Eight in the extremely rare Ultra Panavision 70 format, which is believed to have last been used on the 1966 film Khartoum. And in an interesting, but unconfirmed bit of film tech news, THR reports that the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One will be the next feature shot in Ultra Panavision.

After a screening of Hateful Eight test footage at the Cine Gear Expo, cinematographer Bill Bennett (who did not work on the film), offered up his reaction on twitter, along with a glimpse at the extremely wide-format footage.

Combined with our recent report that Samuel L. Jackson and the rest of the cast filmed on a refrigerated set, it sounds like Tarantino is taking every measure to make The Hateful Eight a truly immersive cinematic experience.

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Speaking with THR, Panavision’s VP of optical engineering Dan Sasaki said,

“He really wants to get people back into theaters. You’re not going to get this [at home]. He did something really great to bring that [experience] back…Quentin wanted an epic Western, something that hasn’t been seen in forever, that would really wow people. [When he saw this test,] he started bouncing in his seat.”

Tarantino has long been a vocal proponent of film preservation – from his personal archive of film prints, to his no-digital-allowed revival theater The New Beverly, to his persistent dedication to shooting on celluloid – providing the world with the means to properly view his 70mm western it yet another instance of Tarantino putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to the preservation of film in cinema.

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