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The Hateful Eight - Movie Review

5 stars

Quentin Tarantino does it again! Honestly though, was anyone expecting anything less from the already star studded director?

The Hateful Eight is a prime, albeit stunning example of why Tarantino is one of the few filmmakers in the industry today that treat film as a work of art, the 70mm film ratio to boot. Presented as a no-holds barred, balls to the wall western, when the gun smoke settles, and the bullets hit the floor, The Hateful Eight is only one of a fistful of must-see films of the year.

Cast with a slew of Tarantino High alumni including Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins and Bruce Dern, while including some fresh new faces, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Demian Bichir, this “hateful eight,” is sure to be one of the most complex, scoundrel, no-good-son-of-a-bitch casts that has graced the silver screen in quite a while.

Set against the backdrop of a blistering Wyoming winter, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Russell), transports his no-good, loudmouth murdering prisoner Daisy Domergue (Leigh), to the local town of Round Rock to hang by the neck until she is dead. With a hellacious blizzard approaching John Ruth and his prisoner shack up at a local watering hole Minnie’s Haberdashery, to wait the long winter’s night out. Along with Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), and famed, racist-to-the-bone Confederate General Sandy Smithers (Dern), racial tensions, dark comedy, and Tarantino’s beautiful story telling ability are what is on the menu.

The five star rating is one of the most deserving I have given in quite a while. I won’t spoil it, but one scene in particular about halfway through the film is truly one of the best scenes I have ever seen in a film bar none. Set against the back drop of Silent Night, fueled by interracial tension, the craftsmanship that Tarantino involves in this scene truly is stunning in and of itself, nevertheless being accompanied by a film such as this.

Despite the lumbering three hour run time, the pace is set beautifully, and is the fastest three-hour film I have ever partaken in, in my time of cinema. Accompanied once again (except, this time, using original compositions) by famed composer Ennio Morricone, Quentin pulls all the strings in a film that feels brand new, but vintage Tarantino all at the same time.

Apart from being a masterful work of film and cinema, The Hateful Eight is a captivating reminder that pays homage to a lost time of film. From the 70mm film ratio, to the very same lenses used on the Ben-Hur chariot scene, the amount of production value truly transports the viewer back to a time which film was worshipped, and viewed upon in an almost mythic undertaking, that flooded the senses.

Equal parts whodunit, war epic, and bloody thriller, accompanied by an all-star cast, and absolutely mesmerizing dialogue, Tarantino proves that he isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

The Hateful Eight - Movie Review

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.
Runtime:
187 mins
Director
: Quentin Tarantino
Writer:
Quentin Tarantino
Cast:
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason
Genre
: Drama | Western
Tagline:
Spend the holidays with someone you hate
Memorable Movie Quote: "When you get to hell, John, tell them Daisy sent you..."
Distributor:
The Weinstein Company
Official Site: http://thehatefuleight.com/
Release Date:
December 25, 2015
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
March 29, 2016
Synopsis: In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

The Hateful Eight - Movie Review

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Available on Blu-ray - March 29, 2016
Screen Formats: 2.75:1
Subtitles
: English SDH, Spanish
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Discs: 50GB Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD); UV digital copy; Digital copy; DVD copy
Region Encoding: A

Starz and Anchor Bay release Tarantino's 70mm epic with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.75:1. It is a cared for release of a great movie and it vividly shows. Every scene is allowed to breathe with detail specifics that allow wonder to seep in. From skin imperfections to the set decorations, nothing goes by unnoticed by the crisp transfer. This is a gorgeous film and it is made memorable by the textures presented here. Pay close attention to the details. You need to and this transfer makes it oh so easy. Colors are vivid, textures are evident, and shadows run deep. Black levels are solid and the lines are clean. The vibrant score is presented in a DTSHD 5.1 mix and, trust me, you will feel every minute of the movie's rollicking presence.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

While slight, the supplemental items include a history of the 70mm format that is hosted by Samuel Jackson so we can forgive it for being brief. There's a five-minute look at the making of the movie, and a music option (found in the chapter menu selection) where you can listen to all 22 music ques by Ennio Morricone. A DVD copy of the movie is included, as well as an Ultraviolet code.

  • Beyond the Eight: A Behind-the-Scenes Look (5 min)
  • Sam Jackson's Guide to Glorious 70mm (8 min)

 

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