It may not be the sexiest of next-gen features, but Sony is quietly introducing a new navigational function with its upcoming Blu-ray release of 'Memoirs of a Geisha.'
Simply dubbed "Disc Navigation Index," the new feature looks much like the trailing index of book, in this case listing the various topics covered by 'Geisha's lengthy supplements package. Clicking on a item of interest immediately takes you to a series of clips from the supplements directly related to that subject.
Introducing this new feature with no fanfare at all (it wasn't even mentioned in the disc's press materials), Sony appears to simply be testing the waters, much as it did with its "Blu-Wizard" feature on last year's release of 'Black Hawk Down.' We contacted the studio for comment, and while they confirmed the feature's debut with 'Geisha,' they said no other Sony Blu-ray releases are currently slated to include the feature.
Due in stores September 25th, other more traditional extras on the 'Memoirs of a Geisha' Blu-ray release include a pair of audio commentaries with the filmmakers, eleven making-of featurettes and two photo galleries.
For more details and a comprehensive overview of this disc and all of its features, check out Peter Bracke's just-posted review of 'Memoirs of a Geisha.'