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Saw The Hateful Eight today in 70mm Panavision Ultra at AMC Southpoint Cinema, Durham. I don't go to that theater much: the last time I was there was for Richard Linklater's movie Boyhood.

The film had problems about fifteen minutes or so before the end (a minute or two into "The Final Chapter") where I could still see a faint ghost of the image on screen, almost black on black, before the lights came up for a very short time. The movie restarted having switched to digital: starting up a few seconds before "The Final Chapter" text card and replayed a minute or so before catching up to where the film had problems.

I am not upset at this malfunction because it gave me an "apples to apples" comparison: I saw over a minute of the same scene in 70mm Panavision film, then in what I can only assume is theatrical-quality digital. In comparison, the digital was paler with less saturation and slightly fuzzy.

Best job title in the credits: Checkpoint Charlie. No, I don't know why either.



The Hateful Eight is in many ways John Carpenter's The Thing, and not only because Kurt Russell is in both movies:

* The end credits list selections from Ennio Morricone's score for The Thing

* Both movies are a small group of people trapped in a remote outpost in a frozen wasteland

* A significant part of both movies involves a group of people trying to deduce who in the group is a traitor (or an alien)

* Both movies end with a two men who are distrustful allies waiting to probably die.
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