Netflix surprised Quentin Tarantino fans when it announced in March that an extended version of the director’s 2015 wild-west-thriller-mystery-horror flick, The Hateful Eight, would be available for streaming. The movie is now available on Netflix as planned, although with an even bigger surprise: The movie has been uploaded as a miniseries with four episodes, each running approximately 50 minutes. The film’s theatrical edition continues to stream on Netflix as a feature film, as well. (Click here to read HelenHighly’s adventurous review of the original 70-mm film in theatrical release.)
The four episodes of The Hateful Eight: Extended Edition are titled “Last Stage to Red Rock” (50 minutes), “Minnie’s Haberdashery” (51 minutes), “Domergue’s Got A Secret” (53 minutes), and “The Last Chapter” (56 minutes). The first three episodes match up to corresponding chapter titles in Tarantino’s theatrical cut. The film’s second chapter, “Son of a Gun,” has been absorbed into the extended cut’s first episode. The “Last Chapter” episode encompasses the final two film chapters — “The Four Passengers” and “Black Man, White Hell.”
The Hateful Eight opened in theaters in December 2015 to mixed reviews and box office. Nonetheless, thanks to die-hard fans (and some regular theater-goers, like HelenHighly, who were dazzled by it), the film earned $155.8 million, with a production budget of only about $50 million. Still, the movie was a relatively expensive release, as Tarantino shot the film in 70mm — a much-touted stunt met with uneven response, although classic film fans were delighted. The film won Ennio Morricone the Oscar for Best Original Score, while Robert Richardson and Jennifer Jason Leigh picked up nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. (Helen Highly Believes that Jennifer Jason Leigh deserved to turn that nomination into an award, despite its surrounding controversy, as discussed in her review.)
Tarantino’s theatrical cut ran 168 minutes, while the four episodes of the extended cut make up 210 minutes. Hateful Eight was Tarantino’s last directorial effort, but the filmmaker is returning to the big screen this year with the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which was expected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this month, but it was almost “not ready,” resulting in yet another burst of surprise and controversy, which is not at all unusual for anything related to Tarantino, although it did ultimately make it to Cannes, already setting off Oscar buzz. Hollywood reunites Tarantino with Django Unchained star Leonardo DiCaprio and Inglourious Basterds lead Brad Pitt. Sony is opening Hollywood nationwide July 26.