I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest Quentin Tarantino fan out there, but I have enjoyed plenty of his films from his early work to his more recent hits. After thoroughly enjoying Django Unchained, I knew I had to see the next film in his lineup, which brings us to another hard rated R western called The Hateful Eight. This Blu-ray release takes an already epic movie and makes it a tad more greater with a gorgeous high definition transfer and some nice extras that will make you feel anything but hateful.
Since our fellow editor Carlos Menjivar already reviewed the theatrical version (which you can find HERE) I’ll just leave my comments on the film and the Blu-ray release. I’m right up there with Carlos and have to say I loved The Hateful Eight, though it was a tough film to watch at times. Even still, I loved every slow burning moment of it, as it played out as some kind of western murder mystery, something Tarantino might have invented a new genre with. I can’t really put into words how the infamous director brought all of these amazing actors together and made this twisted but often times funny dark tale that just pushes cinema to the limit. It really is an experience you need to witness for yourself, but just be warned it’s not for the feint of heart.
I haven’t reviewed any of Anchor Bay’s Blu-ray releases before, but I can say they did a great job with the high definition transfer here. The visuals and audio come in clean, clear and without a hitch. It’s good to be able to see all of the details here, especially with the lovely cinematography throughout the film. You’ll also be glad the picture and sound is great, as you’ll need to study both very carefully to spot the clues littered in the movie and see if you can solve the mystery before the cast of characters do.
The special features are a little on the light side, but they’re still pretty cool and informative. “Beyond the Eight: A Behind-the-Scenes Look” is a five minute extra that goes into the shooting of the film and features snippets of the cast and crew filming certain parts. “Sam Jackson’s Guide to Glorious 70mm” has the actor going into the roadshow 70mm release of the movie while also explaining the history of the format. I wasn’t sure if I’d call it an extra, but I noticed that there’s a music selection option that’s hidden in the chapter menu where you can listen to all 22 music tracks of the movie. It would’ve been nice to tell viewers about that on the film case, but it’s a neat feature I’ll gladly accept as the music is another great aspect of this experience.
The Hateful Eight Blu-ray just serves to make a great film even greater with its beautiful high definition transfer and some small but neat special features. If you don’t mind some freaky violence, slow burning films, westerns, or murder mysteries, you’ll want to pull up a chair and ante up at the table for this one.