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Ray (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Jamie Foxx , Regina King , Taylor Hackford  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix
  • Directors: Taylor Hackford
  • Writers: James L. White
  • Producers: Taylor Hackford, Stuart Benjamin, Howard Baldwin, Karen Baldwin
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JND5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ray (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Extended Version of the Film
  • Feature Commentary with Director Taylor Hackford
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Musical Scenes
  • Stepping into the Part
  • Ray Remembered
  • A Look Inside Ray
  • Trailer
  • Cast and Filmmakers

  • Editorial Reviews

    Jamie Foxx's uncannily accurate performance isn't the only good thing about Ray. Riding high on a wave of Oscar buzz, Foxx proved himself worthy of all the hype by portraying blind R&B legend Ray Charles in a warts-and-all performance that Charles approved shortly before his death in June 2004. Despite a few dramatic embellishments of actual incidents (such as the suggestion that the accidental drowning of Charles's younger brother caused all the inner demons that Charles would battle into adulthood), the film does a remarkable job of summarizing Charles's strengths as a musical innovator and his weaknesses as a philandering heroin addict who recorded some of his best songs while flying high as a kite. Foxx seems to be channeling Charles himself, and as he did with the life of Ritchie Valens in La Bamba, director Taylor Hackford gets most of the period details absolutely right as he chronicles Ray's rise from "chitlin circuit" performer in the early '50s to his much-deserved elevation to legendary status as one of the all-time great musicians. Foxx expertly lip-syncs to Ray Charles' classic recordings, but you could swear he's the real deal in a film that honors Ray Charles without sanitizing his once-messy life. --Jeff Shannon

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    Product Description

    Jamie Foxx (Collateral) stars as the one-of-a-kind innovator of soul who overcame impossible odds to become a music legend. Ray is the triumphant and remarkable story of one of America's true musical geniuses, Ray Charles. From his humble beginnings in the South through his meteoric rise to the top of American music charts, Ray's inspirational journey is a tale of hope, redemption and the power of the human spirit. "Ray is Electrifying" hails Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. Witness the incredible true story of a musician who fought harder and went further than anyone could imagine.

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    200 of 212 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A very good film but an even greater lead performance October 28, 2004
    This is a very good movie that houses an exceptionally great performance by Jamie Fox as music legend Ray Charles. I must confess that as a genre, the biopic is not my favorite, especially of figures as well known as Ray Charles. We usually receive in such films distorted portraits of them, or undeserved adulation. RAY is one of the more balanced biopics I have seen. Ray Charles is presented as a musical genius who had managed to overcome physical disabilities that would have stopped most others, but it doesn't attempt to mute the serious and unflattering personal moral problems he had with drugs and his exploitative treatment of women. Nor is he revealed as a moral saint or loving person. Though pleasant with others for the most part, Ray is shown as a proud, independent, and slightly self-absorbed, a bit selfish in his treatment of women. As a result, Ray Charles emerges in the film as a believable human being, capable of unfortunate decisions, but also extraordinary music and the occasional powerful moral stand, such as when he refuses to perform in a racially segregated crowd in a venue in Georgia. In fact, the film is built around three foci: his early childhood when he witnessed the death of his younger brother and gradually lost his sight; his musical career from 1948 until the mid-1960s; and his heroin addiction. The film ends with his overcoming his heroin addiction, which also-as numerous music critics have noted--corresponds to the end of the peak of his career as a creative musical performer. Charles continued to make albums after getting off heroin, but all of the great songs that we associate with him were written and recorded while on heroin. Read more ›
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    86 of 105 people found the following review helpful
    By A. Ryan
    I went to see Ray in the theaters last night because my sister suggested it and because I was in a mood to see something "critically acclaimed". For the record, I knew very little about the man and so had very few preconceptions. What I saw made a deep impression in my mind and heart.

    Ray Robinson, aka Ray Charles the singer, songwriter and musician, was blind since the age of 7. He had to deal not only with bigotry for his disability but for being black in Georgia before the civil rights movement. Throughout his life many people (both black and white) would try to take advantage of the blind man, ripping him off financially or hoarding his talent for their own gain. Ray had both the blessing and the curse of being a ladies' man, resulting in serial affairs while his wife stayed home and raised their family. It surprised me to learn that he fought an addiction to heroin for well over a decade before finally beating it in the `60s. Nevertheless, Ray carried all this baggage and more through the 40s and 50s as he made a name for himself playing piano in the Country, Jazz, etc. pop music circuits. Eventually of course he rose to become one of the most recognized and beloved musical artists worldwide.

    The man that this film showed me was an incredible example of determination, charm and simple human spirit. I have heard others say that Jamie Foxx's acting was so good that they were half-convinced he was channeling Ray Charles' ghost. I'll take their word for it that it was an accurate performance, but regardless, it was also a great performance! Down the line each of the supporting actors was perfectly convincing and real, but none more so than Foxx. I will denounce the Academy if he isn't at least nominated for an Oscar.
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    32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING ! DON'T BUY EXTENDED VERSION February 7, 2005
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Does anyone suspect that Helen Keller edited this film?
    Shame on the director for allowing the ruination of this great masterpiece in the extended form!

    Here is what others are saying: "The big disappointment for me was buying the Limited Edition version with the extended edition of the movie. 25 minutes of additional footage has been added back in for the extended version. Like someone posted earlier, When viewing the "extended" version my player had to pause every time it went to a "deleted scene." It had to pause again when it went back to the theatrical version. I have other disks in my collection which have extended versions with deleted scenes cut into the film that were done seamlessly.

    Not only was there a pause when switching between versions, but many times there was a shift in color cast and certain chapters (18 & 19 for me)of the movie became unwatchable and just froze up. For 30 Bucks I found this to be disgraceful and I will ask Best Buy for either another copy or just get the standard edition..

    You have the option to watch either the original version or this extended version. The image quality, color and clarity vary a bit as it cuts between the theatrical version and the deleted scenes. Clearly, this wasn't recut and retimed for this "extended" version. The difference between the finished film and the added scenes are quite noticeable and jarring. A flawed masterpiece, Ray would have been a better film if the 25 minutes of additional footage had been integrated into this DVD in a better fashion than it is. No justice for the consumer, and none for the artists of the film and artist portrayed in the film."

    (NOTE TO UNIVERSAL:If you can't do it right,then don't do it at all.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Jamie
    This is one of my favorite movies. It's one of those to watch Over and Over again. Happy to have added it to my collection.
    Published 1 day ago by Jessica Purnell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    I don't know how accurate this movie, but it's very good nonetheless. Definitely add this one to your collection, it's worth watching.
    Published 7 days ago by Kyle F
    5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar performance!
    Spectacular acting and a tremendous soundtrack. Jamie Foxx is so good in this role that you don't know where Ray ends and Jamie begins! This is a "must see."
    Published 12 days ago by B. Hubbell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
    Great to see amazing, this talented man overcome his blindness and win love the world over. It was good to get a more realistic idea of the story behind the music and what it... Read more
    Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic and shallow
    Anchored by some powerful performances but ultimately a middling and formulaic biopic, the filmmakers behind Ray should have learned a thing or two from their titular and... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Josey
    1.0 out of 5 stars No stars
    It skipped and paused in the middle of the movie. Broken+ no stars. Bought from Gunit. I do not recommend the seller but it is a great movie. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by meganajjcec
    5.0 out of 5 stars Jamie's Greatest Film Role
    I must say I love this film to death, well I love movies based off a true story because it really brings out the Talent in a person and Jamie Foxx executes that very well with a... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Roger Rabbit
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all time best movies I've seen!!
    “Ray” is a compelling drama chock-full of some of the best performances of 2004. The film is a trip down the rabbit hole into the life of a legendary American icon whose career had... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Ray Lugo, Jr.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Performance
    I am a pianist / vocalist and I consider Ray Charles one of the all-time greats. The fact that Jamie Foxx could potray him so convincingly is nothing short of amazing. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by T. Morgan
    5.0 out of 5 stars A winner an all time favorite.
    Excellent movie. Jamie Foxx was fantastic. No one could have played it better. I can watch it over and over again. A must see movie.
    Published 1 month ago by Denise Butler
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