I'm not a big fan of reviewing films on the blog, because most people have their own opinions on movies and everyone’s is different. Most people are critical of the preferences of others, so I'm not actually going to review/spoil "The Hateful Eight" in the traditional sense. (My thoughts on the movie itself? Go see it—it was awesome!) Instead, I'm going to talk about the experience I had watching it in a rare format.
Quentin Tarantino's eighth film, "The Hateful Eight" was shot on 70 mm (millimeter) film, which is a wide/high resolution film gauge. Most movies were shot on the standard 35 mm film stock and shown on the same size prints. Nowadays, movies are shown on digital projectors with no actual "film" being used, which is essentially the equivalent of a Blu-ray or DVD being projected onto a large screen. Even filmmakers (myself included) tend to go the cheaper route, shooting their films digitally. Tarantino's intention was to show the movie on actual projected 70 mm film and treat it more as a special event with both an overture and intermission, plus a program handed out to everyone attending. Films from the 50's and 60's got this same treatment (Gone with the Wind, Ben-Hur) and it's something my generation has more than likely never experienced ‘til now.
Seeing the movie in this format is a must! Both the picture quality and sound are perfect. The film is pretty much confined to one interior location, but the snowy exterior scenes look beautiful on the screen. The movie's soundtrack is also killer, so having a track play before the film (called the Overture) really sets the mood. The intermission doesn't feel 100 % necessary, but happens at a perfect point in the film and makes everything seem way more epic. People actually clapped at the end of the first half of the movie when I saw it. Plus, you can stretch your legs or use the restroom, which I'm sure made some people happy, considering the movie is a little over 3 hours long. The program handed out to everyone was pretty sweet as well. It explains the 70 mm format, along with a little history on how the film came to be. It also included a few behind-the-scenes photos and a couple cool stills from the film. All these extra details made watching the movie more memorable.
If you get a chance, I highly recommend catching the Roadshow version of "The Hateful Eight,” which I think will be running another week from the time I'm writing this, prior to a normal wide release the following week. Some people might find the extra details unnecessary, but us cinephiles greatly appreciate it and I hope more companies present films like this in the future.