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Place Beyond The Pines [Blu-ray] [2013]

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  • Actors: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne
  • Directors: Derek Cianfrance
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: StudioCanal
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Aug. 2013
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BJ0RK8K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,235 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) comes a gripping thriller with an all-star cast: The Place Beyond The Pines.
Mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke (Ryan Gosling), desperately tries to connect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), who secretly gave birth to the stunt rider's son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke quits the carnival life and commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability. The stakes rise as Luke is put on a collision course with an ambitious police officer, Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper), looking to quickly move up the ranks in a police department riddled with corruption.

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Bonus Content:

* Deleted Scenes
* Going to The Place Beyond the Pines Featurette
* Feature Commentary with director Derek Cianfrance


Classical themes--of fate and fatherhood, ambition and inheritance, revenge and regret--lie at the heart of The Place Beyond The Pines, Derek Cianfrance’s marathon crime drama about three generations of mid-tier American life. Ryan Gosling brings his trademark mythic cool to the central role of ‘Handsome Luke’ Glanton, a drifting stunt-bike rider who rolls into town only to lose Eva Mendes and his young son to a steady middleclass breadwinner. Tortured by male instinct, Luke puts his biking skills to work in a string of bank heists, raising enough cash to skip town in search of a better life for his family. In his way is Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper), a straight-arrow cop whose sympathies for Gosling’s right to fatherhood are a wellspring of his own parental guilt. Fate is a plague on both their houses: Luke and Avery are prisoners of their inheritance, and are in turn the defining force in their sons’ destinies, which--after an innocent adolescent friendship--separate explosively along family lines. The rival sides are neatly backlit by the town of Schenectady--a fading photograph of late-night diners, white churches and leafy graveyards, and whose translated Mowhawk name gives the film its title. It’s a small stage for an epic drama, with nowhere for Avery’s political ambition and Luke’s local celebrity to co-exist peacefully in the present or in the past. Male introspection and bruised machismo comes easily to Gosling and Cooper, and--with crackling support from Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn and Emory Cohen--The Place Beyond The Pines is both a heavyweight crime thriller and a postcard from small-town America in all its pain and beauty. --Leo Batchelor

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A Place Beyond The Pines is a slow burning drama about love, fatherhood and consequences. The story is in three distinct parts starting with Ryan Gosling finding out he has a child. He travels with a fair, performing motorbike tricks. A year ago he had a fling with a local resident which resulted in his son being born. He doesn't know this until he returns with the fair and bumps into her again.

And so begins the catalyst of the story. The first part is purely setting up the scenario for the consequences of each characters actions to follow. Arguably the first hour is the most gripping and entertaining. Ryan Gosling is a force to be reckoned with and holds the screen with a dominance rarely seen these days. His dogged and cack-handed pursuit to be the best father possible leads him down the wrong road and he ends up robbing banks. He is someone you are willing to do the right thing but also someone you know is just never going to get off this road.

Ultimately his fate sets in motion the events of the rest of the film. We next follow Bradley Cooper's cop, Avery. This is where the film loses momentum and takes a distinctly different turn. This part shows a man broken by recent events and struggling to come to terms with his actions. When he realises that there are members of the force who like to dabble in some extra-curricular activities he decides to take this to his chief who promptly tells him to bury it. His faith in justice is waning and he decides to look out for himself and uses his knowledge and position to get himself promoted.

Bradley Cooper does well to present a man teetering on the edge but the story isn't as engaging. It drags a little and only picks up when Avery decides he has had enough and wants look out for number one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Luke (Ryan Gosling) is a bad boy motorcycle rider who travels with a circus and has one night stands. Eva Mendes was one of those conquests. A year or so later they meet again. She has his child and a boyfriend (Mahershala Ali). Luke doesn't want to be an absentee father and forces his way into their life through gifts which he pays for with his newly acquired bank robbing addiction.

About 50 minutes into the film, we are introduced another main character, policeman Avery (Bradley Cooper). Then act three start about 40 minutes later (16years or so) with all the children grown and only Eva Mendes among the adults looking any older.

The ending is supposed to be heart warming, but doesn't make it. The film is long, but it is not deep. The action moves like a man running with one shoe nailed in place. I never felt for any of the characters. The scene with Bradley Cooper crying was just horrible. That was grade B acting topping off a stiff performance. Gosling on the other hand gave us a strong performance and Mendes was never developed. What was her problem? She wants him, she doesn't want him, she wants him, she doesn't want him.

It wants to cycle back, but then sputters, it doesn't take off. It might make do for a Redbox rental.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, after sex scene, no nudity.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 9 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've read some reviews of `The Place Beyond the Pines' where people have either loved it, or wanted to turn it off after ten minutes. I have to say that I kind of agree with both sides. I wanted to turn it off after ten minutes, but decided to stick with it and I'm glad I did.

It's no big secret that the film is - loosely - split into three acts, each focusing on one person out of an overall story which covers all three. How much you like it will depend on which character you find the most interesting. Personally, I found Bradley Cooper's story the most engaging, therefore I enjoyed the film because of the middle segment, but everyone will have their own favourite.

Oddly enough, most people like Ryan Gosling's character/segment the best, but I found it a bit of a chore. I definitely think there's a good movie here, but most people will probably prefer one or two of the segments more interesting than the remaining one.

It's not a short film, so be prepared for a bit of a sit-in to fully appreciate it. Plus there are a few bits that slow the pace down a little. However, I felt - when the tension finally builds - that it's a pretty impressive (and even bold?) piece of film-making which deserve to be enjoyed (but possibly not by everyone).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
The Place Beyond The Pines is a slow-burning drama in the best tradition of American storytelling. An inter-generational tale of families, policing, the responsibility of fatherhood and the allure of the outlaw all combine in a sleepy town.

The tone of the entire piece is suffused with a gentle melancholy and there is a lot of ground covered. The only small flaw is that the film doesnt sit easily in a particular genre. It goes from family drama to heist movie to corrupt cops then back full circle to family drama again. Although the story is compelling and well written it defies easy definition and this shows in the nuances of the movie.

Still, it is a very watchable movie, it feels slightly overwrought and ten or fifteen minutes could have been trimmed down but I get that the typs of movie need atmosphere and pace to punctuate the action sequences.

A cracking movie that is well shot, edited, written and directed.

Well worth a watch.
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