Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' to get 70mm roadshow date in Tampa
AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa is now officially a roadshow stop for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, a bloody Western resurrecting a projection format rarely used for decades.
For two weeks beginning Dec. 25, The Hateful Eight will be projected in 70mm on 100 screens in 44 markets including Tampa Bay. A conventional digital nationwide release was recently moved up a week to Jan. 1, 2016, overlapping the 70mm roadshow dates.
A roadshow ticketing website is now open but show times, prices and tickets weren't available Monday afternoon.
Last week at Veterans 24, Times movie critic Steve Persall viewed the roadshow version of The Hateful Eight, although not in 70mm since equipment hadn't been installed. The program included a 4-minute overture composed by spaghetti Western icon Ennio Morricone, and a 12-minute intermission built into the print. The entire program clocked in at 3 hours, 18 minutes.
The Hateful Eight is essentially an Agatha Christie-style mystery set in snowbound Wyoming (actually Telluride, Colo. and a refrigerated Hollywood soundstage). Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh lead a cast of sidewinders trapped at a stagecoach stop by a raging blizzard.
The Veterans 24 engagement has been rumored for weeks, while details of The Hateful Eight's release were hammered out between theaters and The Weinstein Co., the movie's distributors. A participating theater list was expected in November but delayed by logistics and the expense of installing 70mm projection, estimated between $80,000 and $100,000 per screen
Tarantino filmed The Hateful Eight in Ultra Panavision 70, a 70mm format used a half-century ago in films including It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and was last used in 1966's Khartoum starring Charlton Heston. Since then, other 70mm processes have been used in films such as Far and Away and The Master. The process allows wider scope and deeper resonance than traditional digital (i.e. 35mm) projection.