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Ray
Video/DVD Stats & Links

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: www.raymovie.com
Kiddie Movie: Not too young, although seeing Ray's drug addiction might be a good lesson.
Date Movie: It's good for all.
Gratuitous Sex: Not gratuitous, but it's goin' on.
Gratuitous Violence: Not really.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: A chuckle or two.
Memorable Scene: Ray, realizing he doesn't need his back-up singers, and instead sings all of the parts in harmony.
Memorable Quote: Too many to list.
Directed By: Taylor Hackford
Produced By: Howard Baldwin, Karen Baldwin, Taylor Hackford, Stuart Benjamin

Cool Things About the DVD

Appreciate Jamie! The DVD extras showing Ray working with Jamie Foxx, how Jamie Foxx made himself "blind" while playing the role, and the acceptance of everyone else in Ray's life of Jamie Foxx playing Ray is enough to not make me annoyed at Jamie Foxx anymore.
Learn Spanish & French! Yup, the subtitles are there if you want them.
Buy a new TV! If you haven't already, one of these times you'll finally break down and buy a big screen TV to appreciate the widescreen version.
Buy a sound system. Music orientated movies and action movies are best heard with the best sound system you can afford.
Anything Else! There's an option to watch the movie with the deleted scenes put back in at there appropriate places.  Sure it makes the movie over 3 hours, but it works, and besides, you're at home so you can always hit "Pause" to borrow the bathroom and not miss anything.

Ray
A Video/DVD Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:33 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
As I watched the DVD of Ray, again I began to appreciate the fabulousness of this movie, especially if you are a fan of music, and especially if you are a fan of Ray Charles.  Then, as I watched some of the extras on the DVD, I decided that Jamie Foxx can do all of the posing and kinda self-congratulatory things has been doing lately because, well, he really deserves it.  Let's first get to the story...

"Ray" simply tells a lot of the story of Ray Charles, with great flashbacks to influential moments of him as a little boy, weaving his way from meeting Quincy Jones in Seattle, being in a band, getting addicted to heroin, eventually going out on his own, showing his brilliant business flair, how a blind man could be a ladies man, how he loved his wife but still had love on the road, and intermingled with all of that is the story of how Ray Charles was one of the great music innovators of generations. And none of this would have been possible without one of the greatest performances of a movie career, and that being the performance of Jamie Foxx. That is not to take away from a fabulous cast, but it was Jamie Foxxís ability to at times make me think it was Ray Charles on the screen that really made this movie work.

Look, I donít want to give away any of Rayís story if you donít know it, because I didnít know a lot of his past, like how he helped bring focus to the civil rights movement, so reviewing individual aspects of the movie isnít going to happen for this review. I will just say that I learned a lot about a man who I knew had struggles, but didnít realize a lot of the demons he faced.

The only problem I had with the movie when it hit theaters was that it seemed a little incomplete, but I suppose you've got to end the movie somewhere.  As I watched the DVD, I didn't get that feeling this time around because I just sat there appreciating the movie.  I still wondered a few things about Ray's life after being welcomed back into Georgia, like if he and his onetime band leader Jeff ever ironed things out.  Yea, I know, it's probably in an autobiography somewhere, but for now, I'll just wonder.

"Ray" is a fabulous look at a beloved man who most people probably donít realize had so many demons. Jamie Foxx really makes you believe it is Ray Charles up there on the screen telling his story, and that is one acting job I donít think many actors could pull off.

As far as the DVD, it gives you a few extras, as most DVD's do.  The deleted scenes are interesting, but for the most part it was okay to leave them out with the movie already clocking in at over 2 1/2 hours.  What was more interesting was the look at how Jamie Foxx worked incredibly hard to make his portrayal of Ray as true to form as he could, and how Ray pushed to make sure Foxx would do him justice.  The point where Ray accepts Jamie is the point you can see Ray seem to say to himself, "I'm okay with this now."  Also on the DVD, if you are a fan of the musical performances during the movie, there's a selection of complete and uncut music performances from the movie.

This movie a 5 starrer out of 5, and if you want a very candid look at the genius and troubles of one of the great music innovators, rent or buy "Ray."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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