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WARNING ! DON'T BUY EXTENDED VERSION,
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This review is from: Ray (Limited 2-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)
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!
GREAT FILM RUINED- BY BY BAD EDITING.
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.)
I know a lot of people had problems with the extended version of the DVD, but it warns you that it might not play well on certain DVD players.
How'bout ANY player? And the two second delay seems HUGE, . . . stop action . . . wait then it jumps sometimes forward and sometimes backward UNTIMED!
This is not a review, but more of a rant on my part as a DVD Collector of 1,260+ DVD's. Please view this as an individual opinion on Universal, not on the content of the Film, Ray.
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Initial post: Jan 3, 2009 11:29:06 AM PST
Christian M. Zelin says:
Hmm.. I agree with the reviewer's points, as I have the Region 3 extended versions and it shows the same "defects". But why does this review looks so much like another "Real Name" review from a "W. Fuller"? Many word for word similarities, even complete sentences!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2010 10:51:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 27, 2010 4:42:36 PM PDT
M. G. PHILLIPS says:
Hey Christian, You're right. Part of this review is paraphrased by what some other people have said. I felt the same things they did and tried to say some of the same stuff. I may have a sentence or two the same, my mind at the late hour was fried. And if you noticed at the start of the review I said " Here is what OTHERS are saying"- Hello?
Posted on Jan 10, 2011 11:25:04 AM PST
Mark O. Avery says:
Thank you.....while not as vehement (maybe I should be),
I totally share your opinion about the editing process! I've had two copies of this dvd because the first omitted the
interaction with Ray Charles and Jaime Fox, on a lark I
purchased a 2nd copy and, lo and behold, this one had what
was advertised and what i was looking for. Great, great movie, this made me a fan of J.Fox and K.Washington
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