Come January, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight will play in two theatrical formats: a single, two-and-a-half-hour cut and a beefier, three-hour version. The latter, dubbed the "Roadshow" version, includes a musical overture and 12-minute intermission a few minutes past the halfway mark.
Hateful's intermission is a throwback to the days of Gone with the Wind, Ben-Hur, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, when movies ran long and audiences weren’t binge-ready. These days, with studios delivering most of its popcorn entertainment in about two hours, the intermission has gone the way of the affordable movie snack: the last Hollywood offering to feature a true intermission was the 219-minute Civil War movie Gods and Generals back in 2003. Tarantino intends his Western whodunnit to be more of a time machine than mere homage to old cinema.