Itís a hard task for a movie to introduce so many elements and then string them together seamlessly, but Ray pulls it off. Well, for the most part it does. Iím guessing the director wanted to make sure that you didnít forget about certain issues in Charlesí life, because he kept adding in little reminders. I donít want to ruin the film for you, but Iíll try to explain; much of the movie consists of focusing on one central idea at a time (such as drugs), but in an attempt to make sure youíre still also thinking about a separate matter thatís at hand, Hackford (the director) adds in little scenes revolving around the completely different subject (such as reminding you about Rayís past). This makes the movie drag on a little more than it has to, plus it interrupts the movieís flow a bit, but other than that, it doesnít really affect the enjoyment of the film. My only other minor complaint involves the obvious ďactingĒ from the two kids (Ray and his brother George), which took me out of the emotional situation being presented concerning them. Thatís nothing though when you compare to all the greatness presented throughout the 154 minute run time. Itís impossible to appreciate what an amazing man Charles was without watching this film, because even though itís not him on-screen, itís still a damn excellent portrayal of his life.
Extended Edition of the Film: This basically just interweaves the deleted scenes from disc two into their place in the movie. To be honest, I thought it was done badly. It might just be my DVD player, but every time it went to the extended scenes from the regular scenes, the film paused on a frame, and then went to it. It really destroyed the flow of the movie. They are worth watching though, but itís no big deal since you can watch them on the second disc.
Audio Commentary (with director Taylor Hackford): A terrific and informative track that any fan of Ray should watch. My only complaint is that every now and then Hackford starts to just explain whatís going on in the scene, as if the audience couldnít figure it out themselves.
Cast & Filmakers: Basic bios on many different people from the cast and crew.
Deleted Scenes (27:43): These 14 scenes include very insightful optional commentary from Hackford. Although none of them add too much extra to the movie, they are all worth watching. They arenít cut because theyíre bad, but because of time, which is obvious right away.
Extended Musical Sequences (4:29): Just two songs done in the movie in their entirety. I love Charlesí music, so whatís to complain about?
Stepping into the Part (10:41): An interesting look into what Jamie Foxx had to go through to become Ray. Itís very cool to see both Jamie and Charles together on screen, so I definitely recommend watching this.
Ray Remembered (4:04): A short and thoughtful look back at the legends life. Many different people speak their mind. RIP Ray Charles.
A Look Inside Ray (3:21): A very quick and crappy ďmaking ofĒ featurette that informed me about jack-diddly.
We also get the film's Trailer.