The 8th film from cinema mastermind Quentin Tarantino again takes us back to the Wild West. This time focusing on a group of post-civil war bounty hunters snowed in at a bar in Wyoming where they “get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception”(IMDB). It stars Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, (maybe) Channing Tatum and many others. I did some research (I looked at the ‘trivia’ tab under the film’s IMDB page) and it looks like Tarantino went the extra mile by shooting the film in Ultra Panavision 70 mm Process, one that has not been used in nearly 50 years. The ultimate throwback to the westerns Tarantino loves. Problem is because this technology has been considered obsolete, many theaters have discarded the tech necessary to view the film. Luckily there are around 50 theaters that still have projectors retrofitted with the technology to view 70 mm and will be able to launch the film in all its throwback glory this Christmas. Whereas the rest of us will have to wait to the beginning of January to see Tarantino’s new project, when it will be released in digital for us fancy tech folk.
This collaboration will reunite Tarantino with some of the actors he’s done his best work with; mainly Tim Roth and Michael Madsen, who starred in ‘Reservoir Dogs’; and of course Samuel L. Jackson, who’s appeared in six of Tarantino’s movies (counting his narration in ‘Inglorious Basterds’). That and the fact that characters are in an enclosed setting exchanging dialogue is Tarantino’s specialty, especially when the dialogue builds tension (see the beginning of Inglorious Basterds, the middle of Inglorious Basterds, and the end of… actually just watch Inglorious Basterds or any Tarantino film and you’ll know what I mean) the I think we’ll be in for a hell of a ride come the holidays.
“Oh what fun!”