Tarantino Installing 70mm Projectors for 'The Hateful Eight' Release
I wouldn't expect anything less from Quentin Tarantino, the owner of a classic repertory 35mm cinema in Los Angeles (and tons of old film reels and other lost film prints). Over the weekend at the Cine Gear Expo held in Hollywood, Panavision was represented at the Paramount Theater on Paramount's lot and showed 70mm footage from Tarantino's new film The Hateful Eight. Tarantino, with his cinematographer Robert Richardson, decided this next western should be presented in 2.78:1 aspect ratio. So they decided to shoot on 65mm film stock using classic Panavision lenses. In THR's post about the event, they hint: "word on the street is that plans are underway to equip roughly 50 U.S. theaters to show the movie in 70mm". Ooh.
The last time a major 70mm release caused a stir was when Paul Thomas Anderson put out The Master in 70mm, and the few remaining cinemas that could show it definitely did so. Tarantino wants that experience again. Here's another interesting quote from the event from Panavision regarding Tarantino's desires:
"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," Panavision's vp of optical engineering Dan Sasaki said of Tarantino, a vocal film proponent. "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."
The Hateful Eight (see the first photos here) is another revenge western from Tarantino, this time set in a blizzard. He filmed most of it in Colorado, on a "refrigerated" set, and this was actually the "first production since 1966's Khartoum to use Ultra Panavision 70 anamorphic lenses." Tarantino's renewed interest also caused Panavision to get back into the lenses, and THR adds that they "reworked 19 of these classic lenses for the production in just a few months". They even note that "these lenses are expected to next be used for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One by cinematographer Greig Fraser". So there will be lots of gorgeous cinema to see coming up. It seems as if film, and these lenses, ain't so dead after all. Thanks to Tarantino.
There is still no official confirmation on the 70mm cinemas, nor is there even an official release date for The Hateful Eight yet, but we're expecting to hear more soon. It will likely be in theaters by the end of the year.
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Zack Snyder on Jun 8, 2015
I think this is ridiculous. If you want to shoot on film, go ahead. 35mm, 70mm, IMAX 70mm...whichever. But getting theaters to go back from digital to film projection? That is going backwards. Those 50 or so theaters are just going to have to go back to digital projection in the long run for other films that aren't being shipped on film. I get it, some people prefer film, there are "aesthetic" reasons people like it. But digital cameras go up to 6.5K these days, and every aspect of capturing an image with a digital camera continues to improve. The 'film vs digital' battle isn't what it was 10 years ago. The resistance and hate that digital gets is pointless.
Chris Groves on Jun 8, 2015
I don't see this as a battle. I see this as an artistic choice. Tarantino prefers his audience to view the film in a certain way. And "roughly 50 theaters" is a very small number. He's not forcing anyone to do it. I'm certain all those theaters have a reputation of showing respect to film projection, and are gladly outfitting their facilities with the means to present this film the way the filmmaker desires. Although film is a shrinking art, there will always be a large crowd that remains captivated by it. So to chalk all this up as "ridiculous" and "backwards" is like criticizing anyone who restores a classic car, purchases a vinyl record, or enjoys sipping an aged wine or spirit. Calm down and let nerds be nerds.
Benjamin Hunter on Jun 8, 2015
Benjamin, the nerd is Chris Groves. For some reason he has a real hard-on for the preference for film over digital which I find more than a little weird. But so be it. Who cares what he thinks? I've learned to ignore him and his silly rants about all this. If he can't see the difference between film and digital than he's just another blind man with his head up his butt. If one invests themselves in watching movies in the super-hero CGI genre where it doesn't make any difference what the movie looks like as long as you get guys flying around in robot costumes and blowing everything in sight up one might tend to lose sight of the beauty of film and what it adds to the experience of viewing films. Besides, to really speak the truth of the matter...movies shot on digital are not films and anyone who refers to them as such are living without awareness. They are movies, but they are not films. To call them films is another indication of the blow to truth and awareness that modern technology has delivered to our culture and the masses who lack the ability to think for themselves and not join the herd mentality imposed upon them by capitalist who are only interested in the bottom line and filling the theatre seats with the said masses who lack any "aesthetic" awareness at all. They just want to be 'entertained' and their requirements for that entertainment are pretty low on the aesthetic scale. There! My rant is now finished...lol...
Bo on Jun 8, 2015
Film projection still looks much better than digital. I'm just grateful that there are still directors that care about giving the consumer the best possible movie experience. You talk about the hate that digital gets - compare that to the hate that celluloid film gets as it is actively being killed off for economic - not artistic - reasons.
Kilian Henin on Jun 8, 2015
So, I am a lover of film... but sometimes I see a film screening and wish I had seen a 4k projection. Even Ron Fricke (Samsara, Baraka) opted for digital projection of Samsara, even though he shot on 65mm.
Benjamin Hunter on Jun 8, 2015
Send one 70mm projector to Sweden please.
ryderup on Jun 8, 2015
This is such a non issue for the vast majority of movie goers including myself. I saw The Master in 70mm then walked across the hall to get a glimpse in digital, no discernable difference.
rocky728 on Jun 8, 2015
LOL. I get this. Kind of like those people who like to listen to records over .FLAC files.
DAVIDPD on Jun 8, 2015
Just because you can't tell the difference between 70mm and DCP doesn't mean that other people can't.
Kilian Henin on Jun 9, 2015
He knows how to get HIS people riled up!
DAVIDPD on Jun 8, 2015
Film stock, digital, why not both?
AwesomeWave on Jun 8, 2015
Let it go Quentin, just let... it... go.
Charles Knowlton on Jun 8, 2015
Don't really have a preference either way, but I've always admired his complete fanaticism of cinema. His love of movies always shines through anything he does, and that's what makes his films so damned enjoyable! For me.
grimjob on Jun 8, 2015
Tarantino Universe Chronological order of the films: 1 - Django Unchained 2- The Hateful Eight 3 - From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter 4 - Inglourious Basterds 5 - Reservoir Dogs 6 - True Romance 7 - Natural Born Killers 8 - Four Rooms 9 - Jackie Brown 10 - Death Proof 11 - Planet Terror 12 - From Dusk Till Dawn 13 - From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money 14 - Curdled 15 - Pulp Fiction 16 - Kill Bill Volume 1 17 - Kill Bill Volume 2 Interconnections: Dr. King Schultz and Paula Schultz - King Dr. Schulz is a character in the movie "Django Unchained," German dentist turned bounty hunter. Paula Schultz is the name of that grave Beatrix Kiddo character of the Bride films "Kill Bill Volume 1 and Kill Bill Volume 2" was buried. Paula Schultz was the wife of Dr. King Schultz. Gerald Nash, Marvin Nash and Gerald Nash - Gerald Nash is a member of Gang Bacall. Django Freeman and Dr. King Schultz are searching for their leader, Smitty Bacall, in the movie "Django Unchained." Marvin Nash is the tortured cop in "Reservoir Dogs." Gerald Nash is a policeman killed by the Knox couple, his death is mentioned in the TV program in "Natural Born Killers". Gerald Nash is the great-grandfather of Gerald and Marvin. Marvin and Gerald are cousins. Crazy Craig Koons and Captain Koons - Crazy Craig Koons is a member of Gang Bacall. Django Freeman and Dr. King Schultz are searching for their leader, Smitty Bacall, in the movie "Django Unchained." Captain Koons is a character in "Pulp Fiction", played by Christopher Walken. Crazy Craig Koons is the great-grandfather of Captain Koons. Red Apple Cigarettes - the cigarette brand created by Tarantino can be seen in the films "Django Unchained," "Inglourious Basterds," "Reservoir Dogs," "Four Rooms," "Death Proof," "Planet Terror," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill Volume 1 "and" Kill Bill Volume 2." Santanico Pandemonium - is a character in the movie "From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter" and "From Dusk Till Dawn." Santanico is a stripper in the club Titty Twister in Mexico, she is also a vampire queen. In "From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter" is revealed that her real name was Esmeralda. Titty Twister - is a vampire bar that appears in the movies "From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter" and "From Dusk Till Dawn”. The curious fact is that in the movie "From Dusk Till Dawn" it is completely destroyed, but in the movie "From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money" there's another vampire bar with the same name. Razor Charlie and Razor Eddie – are the brothers working as bartender in Titty Twister, and are also vampires. Razor Charlie appears in the movies "From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter" and "From Dusk Till Dawn." Razor Eddie in the movie "From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money." Sergeant Donny Donowitz and filmmaker Lee Donowitz - Sergeant Donny Donowitz is a character in the movie "Inglourious Basterds", member of the Bastards, known as The Bear Jew. The filmmaker Lee Donowitz is a very successful film producer in Hollywood, character in the movie "True Romance". Lee is the son of Sergeant Donny Donowitz. Vic Vega and Vincent Vega - Vic Vega, aka Vic Palito or Mr. Blonde is a bank robber character with psychopath mentality in the movie "Reservoir Dogs." Vincent Vega is a gangster in the movie "Pulp Fiction." Vic and Vincent are brothers. Larry Dimmick, Alabama Whitma and Jimmie Dimmick - Larry is known as Mr. White, a bank robber, a character from the movie "Reservoir Dogs." Jimmie Dimmick is a character from "Pulp Fiction", played by Quentin Tarantino. Alabama Whitman is the main character in the movie "True Romance". Larry Dimmick has already done some criminal work in partnership with Alabama Whitman. Larry Dimmick is also the uncle of Jimmie Dimmick. The briefcase with diamonds in the movie "Reservoir Dogs" is the same mysterious briefcase in "Pulp Fiction." Big Kahuna Burger - Fictitious Hawaiian restaurant. It appears or is mentioned in the following films "Reservoir Dogs," "Four Rooms," "Death Proof," "From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Pulp Fiction." Gas Can – Petrol gallon in the Tarantino universe. It shows up in "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill Volume 2." Seymour Scagnetti and Jack Scagnetti - Seymour Scagnetti is the officer mentioned in the movie "Reservoir Dogs" by Mr. Blonde. Detective Jack Scagnetti chases the Knox couple in the movie "Natural Born Killers". Seymour and Jack are brothers. Jack Rabbit Slim's – Fifties style restaurant mentioned on the radio during the death of Mr. Blonde in "Reservoir Dogs". In fact, it is the only restaurant in the movie "Pulp Fiction." Fruit Brute Cereal is a cereal brand that was actually on the market in the 70s. Another characteristic of Tarantino's movies, it appears in the movies "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction." Long Hair Yuppie Scum-, discrete character who appears in the film "Four Rooms" vomiting and running during the restaurant robbery of the film "Pulp Fiction." Teriyaki Donut, Japanese restaurant in the films of Quentin Tarantino, presented in "Jackie Brown" and "Pulp Fiction." Acuna Boys Tex-Mex Food - food brand in Tarantino universe with references in films the "Jackie Brown" and "Death Proof." Butch Coolidge and Livingston Beaumont - Beaumont Livingston is a character played by Chris Tucker in the movie "Jackie Brown." Butch is played by Bruce Willis in the movie "Pulp Fiction". Both characters live in the same neighborhood. Jungle Julia is a popular radio DJ in Austin, Texas with a broad knowledge of music. Character in the movie "Death Proof", his death is mentioned on the radio in the movie "Planet Terror". The crazy babysitter twins are characters who have a cameo participation in the movie "Death Proof" and become more important in the movie "Planet Terror." Sheriff Earl McGraw, Sheriff Edgar McGraw and Dr. Dakota Block - Sheriff Earl McGraw is a character from the movie "Death Proof", "Planet Terror", "From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Kill Bill Volume 2." Sheriff Edgar McGraw is a character of the film "Death Proof," "From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money" and "Kill Bill Volume 2". Dr. Dakota Block is a character in the movies "Death Proof" and "Planet Terror". Sheriff Earl McGraw is the father of Sheriff Edgar McGraw and Dr. Dakota Block. G.O. Juice is a juice brand that appears in the movie "Death Proof" and "Kill Bill Volume 1." Jasper is a character that wants to sell a car in the movie "Death Proof" and tries to abuse the bride character in the movie "Kill Bill Volume 1" and "Kill Bill Volume 2." Gecko Brothers are the main characters in the movie "From Dusk Till Dawn" and also appear on the TV show Miami DOA news in the movie "Curdled". A reporter in the movies "From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Curdled” reporting the crimes that are occurring. Gabriela / Esmeralda Villalobos is the same character that only changes her name. In the movie "Curdled" she is called Gabriela and in the movie "Pulp Fiction" her name is Esmeralda Villalobos. The samurai sword - Butch Coolidge, character in the movie "Pulp Fiction", and the bride character in the films "Kill Bill Volume 1" and "Kill Bill Volume 2" use swords made by Hattori Hanzo character in the movie "Kill Bill Volume 1 ".
juan scherer on Jun 10, 2015
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