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Ray [Import]

Jamie Foxx    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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's 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie - mediocre DVD Feb. 7 2005
By hfettig
Ray is a great movie and Jamie Foxx's performance is spectacular.
The DVD, however, lures you with the promise of an extended edition including 25min of additional footage. Well, that is true, but they way it is presented is very annoying. When you choose to play the extended edition, the movie skips back and forth to the deleted scenes at the appropriate points during the movie. Granted, maybe my DVD player is not the fastest one out there, which makes the skips very obvious, but the way the extended scenes are cut you end up seeing bits and pieces of the scenes twice, like Oberon's introduction of Ray in the club. This is extremely annoying and caused me to switch back to the original version after the third "extended scene".
The sad part is, that, since this is a 2 DVD edition, there would have been enough room for putting both editions separately on the DVDs with room to spare for the special features.
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By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This film tells us the story of the first 40 years in the life of Ray Charles Robinson (1930-2004), a well-known American musician and composer. The actor that plays Ray Charles is Jamie Foxx, and sincerely, you forget that he is playing a role because after a few minutes of watching the movie you begin to believe that he IS Ray Charles. I guess that nothing better can be said in behalf of an actor...

You might be asking yourself what kind of movie is this. Well, in my opinion it is an excellent one, due to the fact that it entertains but also informs the spectator about another era, and a musician that lived in it. That is specially important in the case of young movie-goers, who aren't necessarily aware of what segregatation was like in the 50's, or what kind of gestures were needed to bring it down. You may have read about it in history books, but seeing it shown in a good film makes you understand segregation in its stark reality, and thank to God (and people like Ray, and many others) that times have changed.

But what about Ray?. Impossible as it may seem to many, some people (me included) didn't know much about him before seeing this film. If that is the case, this movie is the right way to be introduced to this American music legend, because it pictures Ray as a person with lots of virtues, but also many defects. He is shown as brave enough to overcome the difficulties that arose from the fact that he was blind and black (in times when segregation was a reality in the south of USA), and to pursue his dream of becoming a well-known musician. However, we also see his struggles with drug, and the less than stellar way in which he treated the women in his life (for example his wife, played by Kerry Washington, and his mistress, played by Regina King).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable June 15 2006
This stunning bio-pic stars Jamie Foxx as legendary singer Ray Charles. We see in flashbacks how Ray grew up in utter poverty, was blinded by glaucoma, lost both his brother and mother by age 15, yet rose to become a world-famous singer and song writer. Ray had a serious drug habit and was an unfaithful husband, yet his remarkable talent and determination helped him move from playing in smoky dives to elegant theatres, with numerous gold records and Grammy awards to his credit.

Foxx looks and acts so much like Ray Charles, that I forgot it was an actor playing a part. He absolutely deserved the Academy Award for Best Actor. The supporting cast is also excellent, the story is fascinating, and there are many exciting musical performances of Ray's hits that are sure to put a smile on your face. Heartily recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sastifies Your Cravings Feb. 27 2005
By Ok_Lai
The movie is a great depiction of Ray Charles life. Jamie Foxx is absolutely brilliant, he makes you smile, cry, and just glow all at the same time. I wish they had more features on the DVD however, one of favourite movies of 2005.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good service May 9 2012
By Phil
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Product as arrived on time. Full plastic cover + protective sticker in place. Movie is working well. Low price and high quality.
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