Recently I got the chance to watch Quentin Tarantino’s latest film in a wide screened theater that is able to show The Hateful Eight in the film it was shot with, 70mm. For those of you unaware of what 70mm is, it’s a film style that differs from that of digital, HD, IMAX, and 3D filming which differ by having smaller film ratios to be shot on. In lame man’s terms, it means that 70mm is wider when you see a film shot with it. Tarantino is a film enthusiast who has advocated the revival of film rather than digital and backing up his quest are two other large name directors by the names of Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice) and Christopher Nolan (Interstellar).
If you didn’t get a chance to see any of the three films mentioned, I can tell you that they are all shot on 70mm film. With films such as these, the 70mm lends a wide perspective on the locations of the film which enhances the side views, backgrounds, and all around perspective of what we are looking at. Interstellar seems to make the most sense when it comes to using this technique because of the wide space that the film is suppose to suck us into and it works, but is a film like The Hateful Eight worth seeing in 70mm?
Though I nearly sh** myself when I heard how much it costs for a 70mm film viewing, it was all worth it. See, 70mm is not a new style to shoot movies, quite the contrary, it’s a style that has been around since the 60’s and 70’s that has since been extinct minus a few film crusaders trying to preserve the art form. Film itself is far more expensive and tough to maintain and that’s why we use digital for most films in today’s era, but when you get a chance to see snowy mountains and the full detail of a wood cabin like you do in The Hateful Eight it becomes a once and a blue moon experience.
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