On Hold Ray (DVD, 2005, Widescreen)

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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.

Product Details
Edition: Extended Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)Film
Country: USA
Features: Letterboxed
UPC: 025192594427

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