The extraordinary life story of Ray Charles.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 1, 2011
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Note: Introduction by director Taylor Hackford
- Deleted scenes
- Complete uncut music performances from the movie including Ray & The Raelettes performing "Hit the Road Jack"
- Stepping into the part: a revealing look ay Jamie Foxx's incredible transformation into Ray Charles - including a jam session between the actor and the legendary musician himself!
- Ray remembered: friends and fellow musicians remember Ray Charles
- Feature commentary with director Taylor Hackford
- A look inside Ray
- The filmmakers' journey
- The woman of Ray
- Ray: an american story
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
- DTS - English, French
- DTS HD Master Audio - English, French
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Jamie Foxx & Regina King|
|Performer:||Kerry Washington, Curtis Armstrong, Warwick Davis, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Larenz Tate & Aunjanue Ellis|
|Directed by||Taylor Hackford|
|Edited by||Thomas J. Nordberg & Paul Hirsch|
|Music by||Ray Charles|
|Screenwriting by||James White & Taylor Hackford|
|Composition by||Craig Armstrong|
|Produced by||Howard Baldwin, Karen Baldwin & Stuart Benjamin|
|Director of Photography:||Pawel Edelman|
|Executive Production by||Jaime Rucker King|
Academy Awards 2004 - Best Actor: Jamie Foxx
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Jamie Foxx is excellent, and sturdily supported by [James L.] White's script all the way. Full Review
[A] satisfying picture....[With] Mr. Foxx's inventive, intuitive, and supremely intelligent performance.
New York Times
RAY could not have been made without star Jamie Foxx....His portrayal of Ray Charles is such a landmark in making the difficult look natural that you won't talk about anything else when you exit the theater.
Potent and vibrant as far as the music goes, but reticent, self-conscious and pretty much stuck on unexplored surfaces when it comes to this creative giant's complex life and times.
Long Island Press
Rating: 5/5 -- click to read full review [Greek] Full Review
Movies for the Masses
Rating: A -- Give Jamie Foxx the damn Oscar already, it's done. Full Review
Foxx's fierce, funny, deeply felt performance deserves to be legendary....Foxx rides this winner to glory.
Jamie Foxx stars in this biopic of legendary soul and R&B singer Ray Charles. Skillfully edited and with a keen eye for period detail, the narrative weaves in and out of the past in an interlocking tapestry of the man's rise to fame in the 1950s and '60s. Growing up poor, black, and blind in the rural south, Charles learns--under the tutelage of his tough-love mother (Sharon Warren)--to turn these handicaps into assets. With this training, Ray eventually plays his way into a major deal with Paramount records and earns icon status as an American legend. Along the way, the high cost of fame leads him to engage in abusive relationships, manipulative behavior, and struggles with drug and alcohol problems. This is a dynamite film for the music alone (Charles's actual recordings are used in the film), but Foxx's career-benchmark performance transcends RAY's biopic roots, turning this into a piercing, full-on character study: unflinching, sometimes harrowing, and ultimately deeply moving. The sheer joy of Charles's music comes alive in Foxx's movements, and his character matures convincingly and powerfully. A stellar supporting cast is on hand to back him up every step of the way, including Larenz Tate as producer Quincy Jones, and Kerry Washington as Ray's long-suffering wife, Regina.
Gospel | Blues | Documentary | Theatrical Release | Soul | R&B / Soul | Pianists / Pianos | African Americans | Biographical
- Theatrical release: October 29, 2004
- Ray Charles passed away on June 10, 2004, before the film received a theatrical release.
- A classically trained musician, Jamie Foxx actually played the piano throughout the film, though the original Ray Charles recordings were used.
- During shooting, Jamie Foxx wore special eye gear that literally made him blind.
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