It’s DVD/Blu-Ray Tuesday!
Fresh out on DVD and Blu-Ray is writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated Western, The Hateful Eight. Shot entirely on 70mm it features a Golden Globe® and BAFTA® award-winning score by Oscar® winner Ennio Morricone (Bugsy,The Mission).
The Hateful Eight follows a group of travellers who become stuck together hoping to wait out a blizzard that has engulfed the wilds of post-Civil War Wyoming, making travel impossible for Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson). Stopping a speeding stagecoach on its way to Minnie’s Haberdashery, a mountain pass safe point, Warren encounters bounty hunter “The Hangman” John Ruth (Kurt Russell), who’s escorting the vile outlaw Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to the nearest town for her hanging. Soon joining the uneasy party is Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a former Confederate soldier about to be made a legitimate lawman. Arriving at Minnie’s to escape the roaring storm, Ruth keeps a steady eye on Domergue, sussing out other customers, including Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), Bob (Demian Bichir), General Sandford Smithers (Bruce Dern), and Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), while stagecoach driver O.B. (James Parks) tries to keep out of the way. As the strangers attempt to figure one another out, paranoia sets in pitting the gunmen in a contest of storytelling as they try to wield lies before they bring out their guns.
Quentin Tarantino has always loved a good Western. He’s been drawn to them for as long as he can remember which might have something to do with the fact that his mother named him, in part, after Quint Asper, Burt Reynolds’ character in the TV series, Gunsmoke.
The Hateful Eight was always something that Tarantino wanted to write and direct. He envisioned it as a huge cinematic experience, and that is exactly what you get. Using 70mm was always a dream for Tarantino and he was never worried about losing intimacy between his actors because of its wide scope.
“One of the tricks that I had thought about was the intimacy that it provides you, in close-ups. I’ve shot a lot of close-ups of [Samuel L. Jackson], but I’ve never shot them as beautiful as I did in this movie,” Tarantino told a group of reporters at a press conference in New York before the film was released in theatres. the-hateful-eight
“I actually found that especially bringing it into Minnie’s Haberdashery, the film isn’t a suspenseful. It’s not the press cooker situation of what’s going on in the movie. With the threat of violence and the pressure cooker situation, if the temperature isn’t always getting upped a notch in every scene or so, then the movie is going to be boring and it’s not going to work. I actually felt that the big format would put you in Minnie’s Haberdashery. You are in that place. You are amongst those characters. And I thought it would make it more intimate when I got in close with them.”
The entire cast (many of the actors he had worked with before) were in awe of his attention to detail and his unbelievable knowledge of the era. They loved working with him and will continue to do so if and when the opportunity comes up again.
Above you can check out several of the cast including Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh discuss what it was like to work on this film and why they would do just about anything for Quentin Tarantino.
Extras include two surface-level production featurettes: “Beyond the Eight: A Behind-the-Scenes Look” (5 minutes) is a quick look at location shooting and the on-set experience featuring a handful of cast and crew sound bites, while “Sam Jackson’s Guide to Glorious 70mm” (7 minutes) explains the roadshow release with a quick history lesson.There’s also a Music Selection interface hiding in the chapter index, which lets you easily access all of the film’s 22 main music cues.
By: Bonnie Laufer Krebs