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Oscar-winning biopic of the legendary blues, soul and jazz musician. Even though he had lost his sight as a young boy and grew up in a segregated, racist society, Ray Charles (Jamie Foxx) is determined to follow his love of music and begins a successful tour of the American south. With a career that begins to grow beyond all expectations throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Ray starts struggling with drug addiction and with failed relationships that take their toll on his health. But throughout all this, he never loses his love of music, eventually becoming a Grammy Award-winning icon and one of the most popular musicians of the twentieth century.
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' 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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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VIDEO: 1080p High Definition Widescreen 1.85:1
DTS-HD Master Audio: English 5.1
English Audio Description Track 2.0
DTS Surround: French 5.1, Italian 5.1, German 5.1, Spanish 5.1, Japanese 5.1
Dolby Digital: Brazilian Portuguese 5.1, Latin American Spanish 5.1, Russian 5.1
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Traditional Mandarin, Russian (Bonus)
480i/p Standard Definition
English Dolby Digital 2.0
- Feature commentary with director Taylor Hackford
- Deleted scenes with optional commentary
- Extended musical scenes
- Intros by Jamie Foxx
- Stepping into the part
- Ray remembered
- The women of Ray
- The filmmaker's journey
- Ray: An american story
- A look inside Ray
- Theatrical trailer
Let it be known that this Ray Limited Edition Digibook(Blu-ray) is a must for any Ray fan/collector worth his salt, with its outstanding presentation which comes in a smooth black hardcover book with satinated paper pages filled with text and illustrations. Superb value and ideal for a Christmas present. I wish we could get more of this...more often.Ray - Limited Edition Digibook [Blu-ray] 
The extras are filled with interesting and useful bits of info about the man himself. Also included in the extra's are full length performances of about 9 music tracks although the sound quality on those tracks seemed to fall off for some reason. Maybe the recording levels were much lower but those tracks lacked something. I'm so pleased they included the full performance version of ''What type of man are you''
Needless to say the acting was superior and heart felt.
I don't suppose that a DVD can serve as an accurate or significant biography of his life but this DVD has certainly given me a glimpse into Ray Charles' remarkable life.
Every bit of praise and every award (including the Best Actor Oscar) for Jamie Foxx is justified. Though the soundtrack uses the original recordings dating as far back as the 1953 "Mess Around," Foxx is obviously an accomplished pianist; the actor and his role are like a marriage made in heaven, and this film biography will surely become a classic. The others in the cast that surround him are excellent, with Sharon Warren as his mother, Regina King as Margie Hendricks, and Curtis Armstrong as Ahmet Ertegun among the standouts.
Director Taylor Hackwood blends the flashbacks and nightmares from the past into the thread of the story in a cohesive manner, and one is never lost in the sequences, as can easily happen with that style of storytelling.Read more ›
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A long film but worth watching as the music is great as is the acting. Well worth itPublished 8 months ago by Stave
Jamie Foxx is magnificent in this film, the music is beautiful and the story is sad yet inspiring at the same time.Published 13 months ago by Rachel