Netflix releases controversial TV-style version of Tarantino's Hateful Eight

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Netflix has released an extended version of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, cut into four 50-minute TV episodes – and not everyone is thrilled about it.

The 2015 film, which tells the story of eight strangers who find themselves taking shelter together during a blizzard, is available in its original form on the streaming service, but fans can now also watch individual, extended cuts of the movie, listed as part of a "season".

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).

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The first three episode titles are exactly the same as the first three chapter titles in Tarantino's Western thriller. However, the film's second chapter 'Son of a Gun' has been made part of the first episode.

Meanwhile, the 'Last Chapter' episode contains the film's final two chapters: 'The Four Passengers' and 'Black Man, White Hell'.

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The theatrical version has a runtime of 168 minutes, while the four episodes of the extended cut come in at a whopping 210 minutes. That's 42 minutes of extra footage for fans to absorb, right?

Well, not exactly. Some of the bonus content comes from the 187-minute 'roadshow' version that was shown at select cinemas on its release, while viewers were quick to notice that the rest of the time difference is largely due to the opening and closing credits being played in full on each episode.

Viewers were both intrigued and confused by the new format, and brace yourself for some suitably Tarantino-esque strong language below.

It's worth pointing out that Tarantino has previously spoken about splitting his films into an episodic structure, as flagged by Bloody Disgusting's John Squires‏, so Netflix certainly hasn't done it just for the sake of it.

Tarantino will soon be returning to the big screen with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his latest star-studded film about the gruesome side of Hollywood in the '60s, featuring the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Steve McQueen and many more.

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