The Hateful 8 on Blu-Ray and DVD – review


Now you can enjoy Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, The Hateful Eight at home. I saw it twice in theaters, once to experience the 70mm roadshow, and once again a few days later. This was easily my favorite film of 2015. Click below to read my review of the film and the bonus features on the disc. And check out my tribute, The Playful 8, created with playmobil toys.


I’ll start off by telling you that I consider Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds to be flawless. If people ask me if I have “perfect” movie, that’s the one I choose. There’s not a single frame I’d change, and it utilizes the art form in every way it was intended. Tarantino masterfully wields the tension in every scene. In each of the scenarios we, the audience, know this guy is a spy and that guy is a Nazi, and the whole time we’re watching on the edge of our seats, to see if the Nazi knows, or if the spy realizes the Nazi knows that he’s a spy, or some variation on that theme. The timing and pacing is like butter, and I loved every minute. In Hateful 8, the tables are turned on the audience. We have no idea who is lying, who’s in cahoots with who, who’s part of the nefarious plot. The level of tension is similar, but its a completely different flavor.

The dialogue and the characters are also top notch. I loved how rich and layered the characters are. We’re taken on such a ride that we don’t even know who the primary protagonist is, and who survives through the ending. Even after seeing the film, we know a bit more about everyone’s motives and associations, you can still enjoy repeat viewings. I loved watching Kurt Russell, as the Hangman John Ruth, stomp around, attempting to maintain control over what he cannot. Honestly, I did not enjoy Django Unchained all that much. I felt like Tarantino put too much importance on teaching the audience a lesson, and forcing us to face our past. And while that in itself is perfectly appropriate for this medium, the characters and timing suffered. I also blamed some of it on the absence of his longtime editor, Sally Menke, who passed away in 2010. I will say I was hesitant about Hateful 8 at first, but I felt it was a return to form, and proved Tarantino was still able to make great cinema. I am comfortable calling Hateful 8 great cinema, not just a fun flick.


As a camera nerd, I loved the 70mm format. In researching the cameras and projectors, they happened upon the original lenses used to film Ben Hur. Working with Panavision, they retrofitted the lenses to fit on a contemporary camera. Panavision also custom fitted a larger cartridge to hold longer amounts of 70mm film to accommodate Tarantino’s habit of doing long takes. You can see the color and detail in every shot. The Weinstein company spent $2 million outfitting almost 100 theaters with 70mm format projectors for the full effect. I was able to catch the very last screening in DC, and it was worth it. There’s a DVD bonus feature on the story behind the roadshow and the lenses, so I won’t tell you any more about it. It’s a little short, but you can see the passion Tarantino had for the history of cinema, and when someone cares so much, and is disciplined about it, you get an amazing experience. I enjoyed seeing the glow that came off of the tabletop in the sunlight. In the world of digital, some may call that an imperfection. But we see it as a nuance. The lenses and film brought an extra layer to the storytelling.

Ok, after all that, what’s the movie about? I can’t say too much without spoiling some major plot points. John Ruth, the Hangman, is bringing Daisy Domergue to Red Rock to collect the bounty on her head. A blizzard forces him to take company with all manner of strangers and ne’er-do-wells. He doesn’t know who to trust, and if he’ll be able to collect on his bounty in Red Rock. The story is more about the eight strangers (I’ll go ahead and also include OB, he’s one hell of a driver) holed up in a desolate cabin, and the effect paranoia takes on the gang. It’s a Tarantino film, so of course there’s bloodshed. The film is also heavily influenced by the 1982 Kurt Russell sci-fi thriller, The Thing. In fact it’s composer, Ennio Morricone, won an Oscar® for composing the music to Hateful 8.


I loved this movie. I’m having some friends over to watch it again tonight, and I just watched it Wednesday. I enjoy the journey, and love sitting and saturating in the entire experience. The movie itself is the reason to pick up this Blu-Ray. The bonus features were a little lacking. I was hoping the Roadshow edition (complete with overture, intermission, and additional footage) would be available. It isn’t. I understand, as that experience was limited to the theater. I also wanted a director commentary. I guess I’m hungry for more. There are two bonus features, one is the aforementioned story around the 70mm Roadshow, and the other is a standard issue soundbyte-laden promo piece about how much everyone enjoyed working with each other. They’re fun to view, but we don’t even get the trailers. Oh, I did like that if you go to Scene Selection you can skip ahead by chapters, or go to individual songs. Nice.

I still recommend this disc. If I only bought three movies from 2015, it would be this, Ex Machina and of course Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Check out my gallery of playmobil images below, as well as the spoiler-free video. And if you like that, check out my spoof of the 2016 horror The VVitch, also done with playmobil toys.

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