Not a deal for everyone out there, but for those who have HD-DVD, well worth a punt.
Jamie Foxx stars in this biopic of legendary soul and R&B singer Ray Charles. Skilfully edited and with a keen eye for period detail the narrative weaves in and out of the past in an interlocking tapestry of the mans 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 Atlantic 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 behaviour and struggles with drug and alcohol problems. This is a dynamite film for the music alone (Charless actual recordings are used in the film) but Foxxs career-benchmark performance transcends RAYs biopic roots turning this into a piercing full-on character study unflinching sometimes harrowing and ultimately deeply moving. The sheer joy of Charless music comes alive in Foxxs 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 Rays long-suffering wife Regina.