Ray (Widescreen DVD + Digital Copy)

Directed By: Taylor Hackford Starring: Jamie Foxx Regina King

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The triumphant and remarkable story of one of america's true musical geniusus, ray charles. From his humble beginnings in the south through his meteoric rise to the top, ray's inspirational journey is a tale of hpe, redemption and the power of the human spirit.

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 226519506
UPC 025192133695
UPC 14 00025192133695
Format DVD
Release Date 1/10/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
African Americans
Biographical
Blues
Documentary
Gospel
Music (General)
Pianists/Pianos
R&B/Soul
Soul
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
Rolling Stone "Foxx's fierce, funny, deeply felt performance deserves to be legendary....Foxx rides this winner to glory." 11/11/2004 p.114
New York Times "[A] satisfying picture....[With] Mr. Foxx's inventive, intuitive, and supremely intelligent performance." 10/29/2004 p.E1
USA Today "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." 10/29/2004 p.1E
Los Angeles Times "One of the striking things about RAY is the way Foxx's performance gives the uncanny impression of watching the real Charles reliving his life on screen. The actor makes us believe that what's in front of our eyes really happened." 10/29/2004 p.E1
Entertainment Weekly "Foxx feels his way into every groove and tremor of that voice -- the sheer locomotive power of it, and the shades of gravelly tenderness, too." 11/05/2004 p.56
Movieline's Hollywood Life [T]he musical numbers are superbly handled. The sound is extraordinary..." 12/01/2004 p.104
Uncut "Built around a magnetic performance by Jamie Foxx....[He] brilliantly inhabits Ray's mannerisms..." 02/01/2005 p.100
Sight and Sound "Foxx's performance is superb in its naturalism and meticulous in its attention to detail....The music provides the most straightforward pleasure in an enjoyable and straightforward film..." 02/01/2005 p.66-8
Directors
Taylor Hackford
Actors
Jamie Foxx
Regina King
Cast & Crew
Jamie Foxx - Star
Warwick Davis - Star
Kerry Washington - Star
Regina King - Star
Larenz Tate - Star
Curtis Armstrong - Star
Aunjanue Ellis - Star
Clifton Powell - Star
Terrence Howard - Star
Harry J. Lennix - Star
Paul Hirsch - Editor
Pawel Edelman - Director of Photography
Stuart Benjamin - Producer
James White - Screenwriter
Ray Charles - Subject
Thomas J. Nordberg - Editor
Sharen Davis - Costume Designer
Craig Armstrong - Composer
Jaime Rucker King - Executive Producer
Ray Charles - Additional Music/Songs
Stephen Altman - Production Designer
Taylor Hackford - Screenwriter
Howard L. Baldwin - Producer
Karen Baldwin - Producer
Taylor Hackford - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
UPC 00025192133695
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 153 minutes
Color Color
Awards
Name Jamie Foxx
Award Category Best Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 2004
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
DVD, Digital Audio, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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