There are few filmmakers that rival that of Quentin Tarantino. Some may not care for all of his choices, but you cannot deny his love of all films and the inspirations that he tries to keep alive. His latest film, The Hateful Eight has had a long sorted road to get made, but to the joy of his hardcore fans he released it with a special roadshow edition before its eventual wide release. For those that missed out on these awesome chances to see his latest film on the big screen can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to the announcement of Anchor Bay bringing The Hateful Eight home.
The Hateful Eight is set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in those parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob, who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage, and Confederate General Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all.
As with all of Tarantino’s films he puts together a great cast filled with regulars from his films as well as newcomers this time including Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Damian Bichir, Tim Roth, Bruce Dearn, and Zoe Bell. As if Tarantino and this great cast weren’t already enough of a reason to grab this film it also marks the return of composer Ennio Morricone to the genre after four decades since scoring a full-length western.
This release not only includes the film, but also the two bonus featurettes “Beyond the Eight: A Behind-the-Scenes Look” and “Sam Jackson’s Guide to Glorious 70mm.” Don’t miss out on this sure to be classic western epic when The Hateful Eight hits Digital HD on March 15th and then on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on March 29th from Anchor Bay Entertainment.