Saturday, April 23, 2016

THE HATEFUL EIGHT Available on Blu-ray - Domergue Yourself

Let’s keep this short and sweet. If you like Tarantino movies than you’ll love this one. It’s in this style, his voice and though it set in post-Civil War America, you might find that it has a modern feel.

You have to be aware that some people have had trouble with the language in this picture, but that’s true of nearly every Tarantino release. Tarantino uses language in a truly unique way to the point of overkill to both desensitize a viewer and to incite the viewer. It’s on purpose. You’re meant to get pissed off, and as long as you finish the movie, you’ll be be quick to dismiss critics you call QT inflammatory. To watch and enjoy this movie you’ll also have to be aware of how Daisy Domergue is used in the movie, and that the violent treatment that she receives is central to story and to establishing the impetus for her potential “gang”. The number of social justice warriors who come out against Tarantino movies doesn’t surprise me, but it’s that fans of his his work listen to them and forget how QT makes movies and from what place he draws his stories and passion.

The costuming is brilliant and setting breathtaking. The wide angle shots of the exterior are huge. Huge on the big screen and huge on your small screen given the aspect ratio that truly spreads your TV’s legs. While I realize that folks at home won’t get the “Roadshow” experience with this picture, the intermission footage is not included, those black bars on the top and bottom of your screen are there with a purpose and that purpose is … Panavision. That purpose is the use of film as a medium for deliciously violent and challenging artwork. Remember that this movie helped to have many theaters across the country fit with film 70mm projectors. Makes you almost feel dirty watching it on Blu-ray or other digital medium. You want to appreciate it on film and live up to the scope of this release.

I can round robin with all of the actors in this picture and never come up with the same response twice as to who gives the best performance, but I’m particularly fond of Kurt Russell and his stache as well as Jennifer Jason Leigh and her bloody face. Everyone stuns and succeeds, no weak link here and staples like Samuel L. Jackson and Walton Goggins keep up the foundation while new players get a chance to stretch out the QT dialogue and pacing for the first time.

I love the color blood chosen for them movie. Those of you who come here regularly know I am a sucker for off color blood (my favorite is the H.G. Lewis Crayola red of course). Greg Nictoero and company create realistic effects that drip all over your carpet and require a steam cleaning after you watch the movie. Speaking of dripping, I hope none of ya’ll pissed your pants while Ennio Morricone frightened the urine from your body with his dominating, drudge of a score that landed him a deserved Oscar. I love the score and soundtrack and I’m glad to have picked up a truly a special release on vinyl. It’s one thick LP set.

With minimal extras available, it’s nice to at least get a making of featurette. The slipcover also opens up into a wide landscape, further accentuating the necessity and importance of using Panavision and with great old lenses to boot. Support this release because it means something and because it looks incredible. Perhaps not film incredible, but not everyone is so lucky to have experienced such a treat.

Available for purchase now:

This the kind of movie that will turn you into a film junkie, 35mm, 70mm, 16mm, 8mm... it's not the size that counts. It's the film grain between your legs in the middle of a violent winter tundra storm with the devil hiding in one of the stranger visitors at a haberdashery of fate.Thisis the kind of movie that will make you hate digital even if you are watching it in HD on Blu-ray. You'll want the big screen. You'll want the experience.

From the TWC:


Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as "The Hangman," will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town's new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie's, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob, who's taking care of Minnie's while she's visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

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