Twin Cities theater one of only 100 to show special version of new Tarantino movie

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A Twin Cities movie theater will be one of just 100 in North America to show a special, panoramic version of Quentin Tarantino's new picture, "The Hateful Eight."

The AMC Theater at Southdale Mall in Edina will show the 70-millimeter version of Tarantino's western two weeks before the regular version goes on general release, according to In70mm.com.

The release has a lot of people excited, because it's a hark back to a glorious era of Hollywood when 70 mm film was used for sprawling epics such as "Lawrence of Arabia," "Ben Hur" and "2001: A Space Odyssey."

And those attending the 70 mm viewings might think they've been transported back in time, as the shows will feature an overture, intermission and programs reminiscent of large-scale movie releases of the 1950s and 60s, CinemaBlend reports, as well as extra footage not included in the regular release.

Entertainment Weekly reports 70 mm film is twice the width of the conventional 35 mm, which has become the norm for movies particularly during the digital age.

"The film is shot in 65 mm and projected in 70, with an image twice the size of what you’re used to,” one of the film's stars, Samuel L. Jackson, told the website. "Which makes your enhanced viewing even doper."

The New York Times reports "The Hateful Eight" is also only the 11th film to be shot in Ultra Panavision, which is the widest possible format, making for spectacular vistas of blizzard-hit Wyoming that is the setting for the western.

The newspaper notes the movie's distributor, the Weinstein Company, has been buying up and refurbishing old projectors so that the theaters can have them installed in time for the movie's release.

It is believed to be costing theaters between $60,000 and $80,000 per screen to get the system up and running.

The movie sees a group of bounty hunters forced to share a shelter during a blizzard, and features Tarantino regulars Jackson, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth alongside Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum, Walton Goggins and Bruce Dern.

There are no details yet as to when the tickets for the Southdale showings will go on sale, AMC told BringMeTheNews.

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