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Ray (2004) - Oscar® Winner

Director: Taylor Hackford     Starring: Jamie Foxx Regina King
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40704005
UPC: 025192594427
UPC 14: 00025192594427
Sales Rank: 3148
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.
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, Widescreen, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/26/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 153 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 25944
Video UPC UPC: 00025192594427
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jamie Foxx
Video Cast Info Warwick Davis
Video Cast Info Kerry Washington
Video Cast Info Regina King
Video Cast Info Larenz Tate
Video Cast Info Curtis Armstrong
Video Cast Info Aunjanue Ellis
Video Cast Info Clifton Powell
Video Cast Info Terrence Howard
Video Cast Info Harry J. Lennix
Video Cast Info Paul Hirsch - Editor
Video Cast Info Pawel Edelman - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Stuart Benjamin - Producer
Video Cast Info James White - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Ray Charles - Subject
Video Cast Info Thomas J. Nordberg - Editor
Video Cast Info Sharen Davis - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Craig Armstrong - Composer
Video Cast Info Jaime Rucker King - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Ray Charles - Additional Music/Songs
Video Cast Info Stephen Altman - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Taylor Hackford - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Howard L. Baldwin - Producer
Video Cast Info Karen Baldwin - Producer
Video Cast Info Taylor Hackford - Director

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

Product Attributes

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