It opens with a wide shot of a vast winter landscape. A carriage is suddenly stopped by a lone ranger. The ominous music accompanies the camera as it pans down to reveal the face as none other than Samuel L. Jackson. “Got room for one more?” he asks. Cue music.
One thing that The Hateful Eight teaser trailer suggests is that the film will be predominantly self-contained, which is surprisingly a smaller scope for a western. As a blizzard approaches, eight bounty hunters are trapped in a cabin, which could prove to be deadly for one or all of them. It’s almost as if director Tarantino is going back to his Reservoir Dogs roots, although now he has a budget and a cool as hell camera to make the film the way he probably wanted – a pure all out spaghetti western.
The trailer screams Tarantino, and looks to be a very suspenseful and fun movie. But one thing almost everyone will overlook is how breathtaking the film looks. The shots of the landscape are captured with an incredible clarity. The detail is better than what high definition restoration could achieve. That is because the film is shot in 70mm with an Ultra Panavision lens that has not been used since the 1960s. The film will be released in a 2.78:1 aspect ratio, a scope that should remind older film fans of the David Lean and William Wyler days. The film is set to premiere in 70mm in select theatres, which if you ask me is the only way to see the film, and no You Tube trailer viewed from a computer screen will be able to capture the magnificent beauty of this film’s visuals.
The Hateful Eight stars Channing Tatum, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Samuel L. Jackson. It will be released nation-wide on January 8, 2016, although expect it to have a slightly earlier release in select cities for Oscar consideration.
View the trailer here: