Place Beyond The Pines, The

Featured In Issue 179, September 2013

WSR Score4
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Language throughout, some violence, teen drug and alcohol use and a sexual reference
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Derek Cianfrance
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In The Place Beyond The Pines, Luke (Gosling) gives up his job as a motorcycle stunt performer in order to provide for his newborn son and the boy's mother (Mendes). Avery (Cooper), an ambitious rookie cop, struggles to make his way in a corrupt police department. Their two worlds collide when Luke takes part in a string of bank robberies, and the consequences of their shocking confrontation echo into the next generation. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director/Co-Writer Derek Cianfrance, four deleted scenes and extended scenes (HD 09:52), the featurette Going To The Place Beyond The Pines (HD 04:31), upfront previews, BD-Live functionality, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.37:1 1080p AVC picture is terrific, with a naturally raw realism appearance throughout. The color palette is naturally hued with warm tones and never over saturated. Fleshtones appear accurate. Contrast is nicely rendered with strong blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is revealing of fine detail, especially during close-ups of facial and hair features. This is a realistic raw image that enhances the sense of crime drama depicted in the storytelling. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely presented with a sense of sonic realism that perfectly complements the raw storytelling. Atmospherics and sounds effects effectively enhance this realism as a dirt bike races through urban streets and police cars squeal in chase. Surround directionality is strong during action segments. The frontal soundstage is active as well. Dialogue sounds, at times, close miked and wanting in spatial delineation but generally is spatially integrated. The orchestral music score is complementary but never aggressively forward. Deep bass is energized in the .1 LFE channel during action and tense sequences. This is an unexaggerated sonic experience that makes for an intense realistic experience. (Gary Reber)