This is how The Hateful Eight should arrive on BluRay

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Aside from some notable exceptions, Quentin Tarantino‘s movies have never really received the amount of love and care on home video that most fans would hope. The Whole Bloody Affair isn’t available at all, his latest movies have only seen rather bare bones releases. The Tarantino XX box is a welcome remedy but is only a small step up if you’ve already bought the individual releases. So for The Hateful Eight, hopes are again high. The Hateful Eight started with a special Roadshow Version and was shot in a format not used in decades. It is meant to be a very special cinematic experience. We are of the opinion that such a movie should also be a very special experience when arriving in people’s living rooms. With a release date set for end of March for a regular home video release (see also), here’s what we think it should look like in the future.

For inspiration, we look to the 4-dsic anniversary release of Lawrence of Arabia, another 70mm release back in the old days. The 50th Anniversary Collector’s edition release consists of the restored version of the film, feature length interviews and documentaries, retrospectives and postcards, a coffee table book and a 70mm film frame as well as the soundtrack CD. Get it from Amazon.com here (Amazon.ca here)

So for The Hateful Eight we think the prime collector’s package should consist of:

  • The movie’s Roadshow version on BluRay
  • The movie’s DCP / Multiplex version on BluRay (or seamless branching)
  • The soundtrack CD
  • An extra BluRay with extras, such as interviews, documentaries, featurettes, trailers and teasers, round table discussions and excerpts from the script reading.
  • A collectible 70mm frame from the movie
  • The Hateful Eight programme booklet
  • A coffee table book, containing the full production notes, a history of the 70mm format, picture stills and behind the scenes imagery, etc.
  • Lobbycards in postcard format
  • Optional: The movie on 4k UltraHD BluRay (that would also set it apart greatly)

There could also be a non-collector’s package, consisting of

  • both versions on BluRay
  • the bonus disc
  • a regular booklet chronicling the history and most important facts of the movie

And of course a bare bones release, which could be made attractive if they came in cardboard sleeves or were fold-out digitpaks with artwork from the movie instead of any photoshopped cover art usually used for the Bestbuy crowds.

In the meantime, The Hateful Eight arrives on digital video, DVD and BluRay end of March (USA) and will contain the multiplex-length version of the film (not the Roadshow), but the 2.76:1 aspect ratio is preserved, and there will be extras such as the little featurette about 70mm narrated by Sam Jackson.

The Hateful Eight BluRay (Amazon.com) | The Hateful Eight DVD (Amazon.com)

There is also a Target-exclusive edition (who ever started with that nonsense) that includes some extra content, pictured below:

The Hateful Eight BluRay Target

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Sebastian H

Sebastian H

Sebastian is the founder and owner of the Tarantino Archives. He lives in Berlin. He also runs the SWDb and GCDb, Furiouscinema.com, robert-rodriguez.info and nischenkino.de

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2 Responses

  1. Shezza says:

    The Prime Collectors Ed sounds amazing!! It won’t be out here in the UK for a long while yet, and I’d def get the US version if only my blurray player supported US discs. I agree QTs films need love and attention once released foursome viewing.

  2. Paul Jacob says:

    I have the Lawrence of Arabia box set and it is indeed gorgeous to behold! I was able to see the Roadshow Version of Tarantino’s latest movie at the Odeon, Leicester Square here in London last month. Here’s hoping that a collector’s edition does come out, such box sets hae very few and far between in recent years.