‘The Hateful Eight’ & Its Prolonged Model Variations Defined

The Hateful Eight Prolonged Model — the miniseries recut from Quentin Tarantino‘s authentic 2015 movie — is again on Netflix this week. As Tarantino told SlashFilm shortly after the collection’ preliminary launch in April 2019, the undertaking took place when Netflix approached him immediately, eager to know if there was much more footage accessible past the 70 mm roadshow reduce and whether or not it may very well be reworked into a brief collection. So the director, alongside the movie’s authentic editor Fred Raskin, started working, recutting the movie into 4 episodes of about 50 minutes every, which streamed till January of this 12 months. In honor of its re-release, let’s discover: how completely different is it from the unique, and is it price watching?


The 2015 movie was lengthy at about 168 minutes and was divided into six chapters, every with its personal title card. The miniseries clocks in at 210 minutes — however that does not add as much as as a lot new footage as you would possibly suppose based mostly on the maths. Followers of the film would possibly bear in mind the prolonged, superbly cinematic (even for Tarantino) opening credit sequence, which encompasses a lingering shot of a snowy Wyoming panorama set in opposition to Ennio Morricone’s haunting rating. Every episode of the miniseries consists of each that opening credit sequence and the closing credit, and the second, third, and fourth episodes additionally embrace a quick replay of the ultimate scene of the earlier episode. Mixed, this inflates the runtime of every episode by about eight minutes. The unique movie with out the credit is about 160 minutes; the prolonged model with out the credit is about 178, that means there’s solely round 18 minutes of recent footage.

The miniseries’ episodes share their titles with the movie’s chapters, although there are fewer of them. The brand new footage exhibits up primarily in barely prolonged dialogue sequences — there are not any modifications to the plot, story construction, or timeline. Nevertheless, there are some scene extensions that give us just a few attention-grabbing moments between the gamers and a bit extra perception into their characters.

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‘The Hateful Eight: Prolonged Model’s First Episode Has Few Adjustments

Samuel L. Jackson in The Hateful Eight
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Episode 1, “Final Stage to Crimson Rock,” is the shortest of the collection and options the fewest modifications from the unique. Main Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and O.B. (James Parks) haggle a bit extra over the particulars of getting Warren’s bounties strapped to the highest of the coach, and in the identical scene, we’re handled to a shot of John Ruth (Kurt Russell) peeing in opposition to its facet. The dialogue contained in the coach can also be barely extra substantial: John hurls extra abuse at Daisy (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and John and the Main chat a bit extra. After Warren expresses his disappointment at having to place down his horse Lash, whom he might need thought-about his greatest pal if he thought-about silly animals to be mates — which he would not — John shares that he had a horse named Cauliflower that he affectionately referred to as his “beast pal.”

Kurt Russell’s John Ruth Is a Imply Bastard

Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson in 'The Hateful Eight'
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Episode 2, “Minnie’s Haberdashery,” begins in the identical second because the movie chapter of the identical title: the coach’s arrival on the eponymous haberdashery. The episode exhibits us extra footage of Warren, O.B., Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), and Bob (Demián Bichir) trudging via the quickly deepening snow to place the horses within the secure and extends the scene by which Mannix and Accomplice Common Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern) meet, with Mannix providing a toast of brandy to Smithers’ deceased son, service, and residential state of Georgia. One other mini-scene is added by which John, whereas chowing down on a can of peaches, spots the half-plucked hen mendacity on the piano bench — which we later study was left there as a result of the Domingre Gang shot the plucker — and forces Bob to complete plucking it, saying a half-plucked hen is unhealthy luck. (He should have been proper.) After taking Joe Gage’s (Michael Madsen) and Oswaldo Mobray’s (Tim Roth) weapons, John spends a bit extra time bossing everybody round, giving them actual directions as to the place to take a seat, and he smashes a shotgun that was stashed on the wall. The added minutes characterize John as much more paranoid and hostile than he was beforehand.

Why Cannot Smithers Eat in His Chair?

Bruce Dern in The Hateful Eight
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Episode 3, “Domergue’s Bought a Secret,” opens on O.B. dumping the confiscated weapons within the outhouse, adopted by an argument between Mannix and Common Smithers by which Smithers refuses to take a seat on the desk with Main Warren, and Mannix for some motive believes this implies Smithers cannot eat any stew — maybe lending new significance to Warren’s seemingly courteous act of taking a bowl to the Common’s chair later. The argument continues within the background for a while as the remainder of the crew eats, and we see the Main pray over his meals. The remainder of the episode proceeds because the movie does: John’s pleasant remark on the need of hanging imply bastards, the reveal of the Lincoln letter’s fraudulence, Warren’s vivid description of his torture of Smithers’ son and his subsequent capturing of Smithers himself, and naturally, the poisoning of the espresso and its bloody aftermath.

‘The Hateful Eight: Prolonged Model’ Provides Us a Glimpse Into the Gang’s Perspective

Episode 4, “The Final Chapter,” incorporates maybe probably the most attention-grabbing addition, one which Tarantino was notably excited to share with an viewers in the identical SlashFilm interview. Just like the movie’s fifth chapter, “The 4 Passengers,” it begins with a leap again in time to the Domingre Gang’s arrival on the haberdashery and their dispassionate homicide of its occupants. However the place the movie cuts from the second of John and Daisy’s arrival again to the current, the miniseries exhibits us their first couple of minutes within the haberdashery — this time from the gang’s perspective. As John makes espresso, we see Oswaldo/English Pete movement Daisy out of the way in which in order that Joe Gage/Grouch Douglass can take a shot at her captor, and we study that Daisy wasn’t simply mentioning Mannix and Warren’s presence within the secure to make informal dialog — she was warning her gangmates that they weren’t alone. We additionally get Joe’s response to John’s abuse of Daisy: he takes it personally, telling us that this gang is really dedicated to her. The episode then jumps again to the current the place Mannix and Warren, on the verge of bleeding to demise themselves, dispatch the remaining members of the gang one after the other.

So, is the miniseries price watching? Briefly, sure. Tarantino followers can respect it realizing that it is the imaginative and prescient of the director himself, and those that appreciated the unique movie would possibly get pleasure from the additional footage as they’d any bonus footage or deleted scenes from a superb film. Filmmaking connoisseurs may also observe that watching it back-to-back with the unique (additionally at present streaming on Netflix) is a captivating perception into the nuances and challenges of enhancing and a commentary on how seemingly minor cuts can change the tone or pacing of a scene dramatically. Lastly, those that have by no means seen the prolonged authentic would possibly merely discover the fifty-minute blocks of the collection extra handy to observe: in any case, you may at all times skip the credit.