Edinburgh Filmhouse obtains rare print of The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight will be screened at the Filmhouse in February. Picture: AP
The Hateful Eight will be screened at the Filmhouse in February. Picture: AP
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EDINBURGH’S Filmhouse cinema announced yesterday that they will be receiving the ‘roadshow’ print of the latest film from Queuntin Tarantino.

The independent cinema will be only the second to project the 70mm reel of Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie The Hateful Eight, following a prior engagement at the Odeon in London’s Leicester Square.

The special edition of the American director’s eighth feature film, of which there is only one copy in the UK, features over twenty minutes of additional footage not featured in the standard cinematic release and includes an overture and intermission. It will be the first film to be projected in Ultra Panavision 70mm in over half a century.

Cinema-goers elswhere across the country may miss out on their chance to see the cinematic release, as the cinema chain Cineworld (and the subsidiary companies Picturehouse and Curzon) will not be screening the movie following disputes with the distributors.

The Hateful Eight is Tarantino’s own take on the traditional Western format, which sees a bounty hunter and his captive find refuge from a blizzard in a cabin inhabited by a band of Wild West scoundrels.

Despite usual complaints from various aspects of the media over the director’s use of graphic violence, the film starring Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson has received critical acclaim and Golden Globe nominations.

On the official statement from the independent Edinburgh cinema, Head of Filmhouse Rod White commented: “Filmhouse is committed to showing its new releases on film whenever prints are available from UK distributors. Most recently, we were both the first Scottish cinema to screen a 70mm print of Interstellar and to show Todd Haynes’ Carol on 35mm.

“As long as filmmakers continue to make films on film, we’ll do everything we can to make sure their audiences are able to see them projected here.”

The Hateful Eight will be screened at the Filmhouse from February 12 until 25.