Ray (Widescreen Edition)
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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.
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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I bought the DVD when first released from Amazon and now again on Blu Ray for an Excellent price just under $ 8 dollars and recently upgraded to a 65 inch Sony 4K TV with an Excellent picture , A film directed and intro by Taylor Hackford with an Excellent performance by Cast especially Jamie Foxx did such a great job acting and playing the piano just like the real Ray with special features and interview with the real Ray and Jamie Fox with complete music performances from the movie including Ray & Raelettes performing Hit The Road Jack , Stepping into the part , A revealing look at Jamie Foxx's transformation into Ray Charles including a Jam session between the actor and the real Ray , Ray Remembered : Friends & Fellow musicians remember Ray Charles . Feature commentary with director Taylor Hackford , A look inside Ray , The Filmmakers Journey , The Woman of Ray and Ray and American Story , Ray is an Excellent Movie for a Great Price .
Other actors are also very good.
The director directed the important moments very well such as when Jamie suffers from drug edict when he tries to overcome from not having drug from the hospital.
I had the DVD version before and it enabled me to watch the extra 25 minutes together with the theatrical verion.
Maybe I don't know how but this bluray version so far won't let me.
It has bonus feature include deleted scenes but doesn't tet me watch together with the main feature.
The only thing I don't like about this film is flash backs. Whenever it goes back to the childhood days, this disturbing visual effects comes along which makes me annoyed. It's just cliche.
Wolfgang M. Schwartzenweintraub
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