Sony Pictures Home Entertainment just unveiled details about the DVD release of Memoirs Of A Geisha in March as a 2-disc Special Edition DVD.
Set in a mysterious and exotic world which still casts a potent spell today, “Memoirs of a Geisha” begins in the years before World War II when a young Japanese girl, Chiyo (Suzaka Ohgo) is torn from her penniless family to work as a servant in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival, Hatsumomo (Gong Li) who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri. Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the man, known as Chairman (Ken Wantanabe), who is beyond her reach.
The Academy-Award nominated movie arrives on DVD as a 2-disc Special Edition in anamorphic widescreen and alternatively in a cropped fullscreen presentation, complete with two Commentary Tracks. The first one will feature director Rob Marshall and choreographer John DeLuca, while the second one will feature costume designer Colleen Atwood, production designer John Myre and editor Pietro Scalia.
On the second disc of the release you will find an 11-part Documentary covering the making of the movie and the exotic culture of Japan and the Geisha lifestyle. The featurettes will cover the following topics, “Sayuri’s Other Journey: From the Novel to the Screen” in which novelist Arthur Golden and the filmmakers discuss the eight year journey of turning the best-selling book into an award winning film. In “The Road to Japan” the filmmakers travel to Japan to experience the places in Kyoto that are featured in the book and discuss the challenges of shooting in some of Japan’s most sacred locations. “Geisha Bootcamp” is a behind the scenes look at how the actresses learned the art of becoming a geisha. “Building the Hanamachi” takes a look at the recreation of the entire village of old Kyoto in a pasture in Southern California. Then, in “The Look of a Geisha” you will see how the most famous geishas were considered to be the supermodels of their time and learn the ancient secrets and modern twists to creating their hair, makeup and wardrobe for the film. In “The Music of Memoirs” John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman discuss the creative process of composing the movie’s award-winning winning score. “A Geisha Dance” allows you to follow the entire process of staging the geisha dances, from research through conception, casting sessions, rehearsals, filming and the final version of the movie. “The World of Geisha” takes a look at the history of this secret world, from its ancient origins up to the geisha of today and “The Way of the Sumo” explores the fascinating history of this ancient sport and meet some of today’s Sumo Wrestling champions.
The documentary also takes an in-depth look at director Rob Marshal while “A Day with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa” gives you a peek as world renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa discusses his role in the film and shares some of his favorite recipes.
“Memoirs Of A Geisha” is scheduled for release on Marc h28 and will carry a $28.96 price tag. A UMD version for PSPS will also be available on the same day.