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Ray / Genius: Double Feature (3 Disc Set)

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Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

NOTE: Contains adult themes and drug use

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RAY: Winner of 2 Academy Awards including Best Actor for Jamie Foxxs incredible performance, and nominated for another 4, including Best Picture, Ray is a truly extraordinary and inspiring story of triumph over adversity. From humble beginnings to international stardom, Ray Charles overcame impossible odds and truly changed the face of music for decades. 2 disc DVD packed with an array of Bonus Features including: - An exclusive extended edition of the film with 25 minutes of additional footage not shown in theatres. - Two complete uncut musical performances from the film. - Stepping into the Part: on-set interviews, voice over and exclusive behind the scenes footage of ray Charles and Jamie Foxx preparing Jamie for his incredible physical, mental and musical transformation into the character of ray Charles. 

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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' 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

GENIUS - A NIGHT FOR RAY CHARLES: A tribute concert for Ray Charles co-hosted by Jamie Fox. Includes performances from Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Norah Jones, B.B.King, Mary J. Blige plus many more! This special contains the extended tribute, tracing Ray’s rise to stardom through a climate of adversity and celebrates his major contribution to several generations of music
Release date NZ
June 15th, 2005
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
200
Genre
  • Drama
UPC
5050582351507
Product ID
1471943

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