Quentin Tarantino’s just landed quite a punch in his never-ending fight against digital filmmaking.
In anticipation of his new film “The Hateful Eight,” which was shot entirely in 70mm, Tarantino will reportedly take it upon himself to install 70mm projectors in 50 theatres across the US.
The frames on a 70mm film are nearly the same height as standard 35mm film, but about twice as wide (and cost twice as much to produce). The end result is a higher-resolution and wider image on-screen.
The film is the first to use the Ultra Panavision 70 anamorphic lenses since 1966’s “Khartoum,” and THR reports that the upcoming “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One” will also use these lenses.
The news comes from the Cine Gear expo, where Tarantino debuted footage from his new film and dazzled audiences with its ultra-wide presentation.
Cinematographer Bill Bennett was in attendance and tweeted the following:
Saw Ultra Panavision 70, Tarentino’s “The Hateful 8”, projected in Anamorphic 70mm. Crazy beautiful. An entirely chemical analogue process.
— Bill Bennett ASC (@CineBill) June 6, 2015
Dan Sasaki, Panavision’s VP of optical engineering, told THR that Tarantino “really wants to get people back into theatres” and hopes that he “did something great to bring that [experience] back.”
Right now there are no details about which theatres will be lucky enough to receive the new projectors.
We have reached out to Tarantino’s production office for confirmation and will update this post as new information becomes available.
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