'Ray' DVD Cued Up For February
The critically acclaimed Ray Charles biopic "Ray," starring Jamie Foxx as the late "genius of soul," will emerge in three home video versions Feb. 1, one week after Oscar nominations are announced.The critically acclaimed Ray Charles biopic "Ray," starring Jamie Foxx as the late "genius of soul," will emerge in three home video versions Feb. 1, one week after Oscar nominations are announced.
The Oscar nominations should help the film's home video sales, but the release also is expected to help raise the film's visibility during the Oscar balloting period. Final ballots will be mailed Feb. 2 and are due back Feb. 22. The Academy Awards will take place Feb. 27.
On Sunday (Jan. 17), "Ray" will compete for two Golden Globes, including best motion picture and best actor (Foxx), both in the musical/comedy category.
The "Ray" DVD features an extended version of the film with 25 minutes of never-before-seen footage, plus a slew of bonus features, including two complete uncut musical performances from the film, deleted scenes, a segment with footage of the late Charles and Foxx trading piano riffs and commentary tracks from director Taylor Hackford, Foxx and others.
A two-disc limited edition gift set will include a photo journal, more than 20 minutes of additional uncut musical performances from the film, a segment about the film's 15-year journey to completion and a look at the women who played significant roles in Charles' life.
A Descriptive Video Service DVD version of the film will also be released, intended for blind and low-vision audiences.
As previously reported, Rhino will on the same day issue "Ray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Vol. 2," which features several tracks Charles re-recorded specifically for the project. The first "Ray" soundtrack has been a huge hit, peaking at No. 9 on The Billboard 200.