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Memoirs Of A Geisha
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 107 (Apr 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Koji Yakusho, Youki Kudoh, Kaori Momoi, Tsai Chin, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Suzuka Ohgo & Gong Li

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One include commentary with Rob Marshall and John Dellica and another commentary track with costume designer Colleen Atwood, production designer John Myhre, and editor Pietro Scalia; previews; and up-front ads. Disc Two contains the following 11 featurettes: "Sayuri's Journey: From The Novel To The Screen" (14 minutes), "The Road To Japan" (six minutes), "Geisha Bootcamp" (12 minutes), "Building The Hanamachi" (12 minutes), "The Look Of A Geisha" (16 minutes), "The Music Of 'Memoirs'" (10 minutes), "A Geisha's Dance" (eight minutes), "The World Of The Geisha" (eight minutes), "The Way Of The Sumo" (six minutes), "Director Rob Marshall's Story" (10 minutes), and "A Day With Chef Nobu Matsuhisa" (10 minutes). Three of "Chef Nobu's Recipes" are available to view onscreen or on the website provided in the menu, and there are behind-the-scenes and costume illustrations photo galleries.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 11159
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For mature subject matter and some sexual content
(Retail Price): $28.96
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 145
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/28/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Rob Marshall
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the book by Arthur Golden, "Memoirs Of A Geisha" is the story of Chiyo (Ohgo), a girl who was forced from her family home at a young age to live her life in a geisha house. Because of jealousy and rivalry from the head geisha, Hatsumomo (Li), the lovely young Chiyo became a servant rather than a geisha. But fate stepped in and took her to the forbidden and fragile world she longed for, where she became Sayuri (Zhang), every man's fantasy and the most sought after geisha of all. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
Viewing in a completely blackened room allows for optimal visual information in the very dark opening sequence. The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture exhibits richly saturated colors that are well balanced throughout. Dion Beebe

Although each channel in the Dolby

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