It’s a ‘Hate­ful Eight’ Christ­mas

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Oliver Get­tell

Quentin Tarantino fans must have been good this year.

The idio­syn­cratic film­maker’s en­sem­ble west­ern “The Hate­ful Eight” has been sched­uled for re­lease on Christ­mas Day, ex­clu­sively in 70 mm in se­lect the­aters for the first two weeks, the We­in­stein Co. an­nounced Fri­day.

Fol­low­ing that ini­tial run, which is be­ing billed as the broad­est 70-mm re­lease in more than 20 years, the film will ex­pand to a wide re­lease Jan. 8.

Be­cause of the ex­pan­sive, high-res­o­lu­tion im­agery it af­fords, 70-mm film is beloved by film­mak­ers and cinephiles alike, but it re­mains a niche for­mat be­cause of the in­creased cost and com­plex­ity in­volved.

For Tarantino, the re­lease of “The Hate­ful Eight” will cul­mi­nate a pro­duc­tion that has had as many twists and turns off screen as most Hol­ly­wood movies do on screen. The film — a post-Civil War story about a mis­trust­ful group of mot­ley char­ac­ters who are stranded by a bl­iz­zard at a stage­coach stopover — first came to public at­ten­tion when the script leaked in early 2014 and Tarantino said he was shelv­ing the project.

Jor­dan Strauss Invision/AP

“HATE­FUL EIGHT” from Quentin Tarantino is set for Christ­mas Day.

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