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Ray (2004)

Director: Taylor Hackford     Starring: Jamie Foxx Regina King
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202715838
UPC: 025193061225
UPC 14: 00025193061225
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"HD-DVD, The Look & Sound of Perfect."
Nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Ray stars Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as the one-of-a-kind innovator of soul who overcame impossible odds to become a music legend. It's the triumphant and remarkable story of one of America's true musical geniuses, Ray Charles. "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.

"[Foxx's performance is] nothing short of remarkable, a tour de force.  Kit Bowen,
"A rangy, straightforward and entirely engrossing biopic.  Todd McCarthy,
"An extraordinary piece of biography.  William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Original, Theatrical Version, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/22/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 153 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 610306122
Video UPC UPC: 00025193061225
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Clifton Powell
Video Cast Info Jamie Foxx
Video Cast Info Kerry Washington
Video Cast Info Regina King
Video Cast Info Craig Armstrong - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Howard Baldwin - Producer
Video Cast Info Jaime Rucker King - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info James L. White - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Paul Hirsch - Editor
Video Cast Info Pawel Edelman - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Taylor Hackford - Director
Video Cast Info Taylor Hackford - Story By


Winner (2005)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jamie Foxx, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Nominee (2005)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Taylor Hackford, Best Achievement in Directing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Taylor Hackford, et. al., Best Motion Picture of the Year

Winner (2005)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Scott Millan, et. al., Best Achievement in Sound

Nominee (2005)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Sharen Davis, Best Achievement in Costume Design
   Video Award Name Oscar, Paul Hirsch, Best Achievement in Editing

Professional 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

"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

ReelViews 6 of 10
Taylor Hackford's Ray has a tremendous performance by Jamie Foxx and a soundtrack that is jammed with recordings by the late Ray Charles, but both work in service of a paint-by-numbers screenplay that runs too long and could have been developed in Biopic 101. This is a stagnant motion picture that runs out of energy well before the halfway point, then staggers through the seemingly interminable final hour...Some critics are being surprisingly kind to this movie, which may indicate that they're afraid criticism of the movie will somehow be seen as criticism of Ray Charles. Such thinking is flawed. Charles was a great artist; Ray is far from a great film. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
The movie would be worth seeing simply for the sound of the music and the sight of Jamie Foxx performing it. That it looks deeper and gives us a sense of the man himself is what makes it special...Taylor Hackford brings quick sympathy to Charles as a performer and a man, and we remember that he directed made Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll, a great documentary about Chuck Berry, a performer whose onstage and offstage moves more than braced Hackford for this film. Ray Charles was quite a man; this movie not only knows it, but understands it. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Foxx,Jamie
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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