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‘Pines’ DVD shows more Gosling

Extras in video include strip scene deleted from movie

Monday, August 5, 2013
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Ryan Gosling prepares for a scene for the movie "The Place Beyond the Pines" outside 1st National Bank of Scotia in this July 29, 2011, photo.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Ryan Gosling prepares for a scene for the movie "The Place Beyond the Pines" outside 1st National Bank of Scotia in this July 29, 2011, photo.

— Fans of Ryan Gosling buying the DVD release of “The Place Beyond the Pines” will get to see more of the popular actor — a lot more.

One of the deleted scenes from the movie that is included with the DVD features Gosling as he’s led into the booking area at the Schenectady Police Department on Liberty Street. The bailiff then orders Gosling to strip out of his street clothes, a command that he obeys and leaves him standing in nothing but a pair of blue briefs.

The scene is one of four that appear among the extras on the DVD and Blu-ray release of Derek Cianfrance’s epic film. The film appeared in theaters following a late March premiere and remained in area theaters for more than three months.

Though not considered a smash at the box office, the film shot almost exclusively in and around Schenectady appeared to perform well during its run in the theaters. Over three months, it earned $21.4 million domestically and about $14 million overseas, according to boxofficemojo.com, a website that tracks theater receipts.

The film appeared in 1,584 theaters during its 91-day run. Though never reaching the top the charts for gross earnings, “Pines” was ranked sixth among films appearing in theaters on the weekend of April 19, the site reported.

That’s not bad considering the estimated $15 million cost to produce “Pines,” which was filmed between mid-July and early September 2011. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012, was purchased by NBCUniversal’s film division, Focus Features, three days later and premiered in New York City in late March.

Cianfrance also did a local premiere in Schenectady before the film’s release in theaters nationwide. The director was joined by film stars Emory Cohen and Bradley Cooper, who drove himself from a set in Boston to make a quick appearance at the local debut.

A serial story told in three parts, the film shows how one misstep can lead to a generation of turmoil. Gosling plays Luke Glanton, a carnival stunt motorcycle rider who unexpectedly learns he has fathered a son with Romina, a Latino diner waitress played by Eva Mendes.

Learning about the child brings new meaning to the life of Gosling’s character, but also drives him to a life of crime. And a botched robbery intersects his path with Avery Cross — a rookie Schenectady cop played by Cooper — touching off a decades-long conflict between their two families.

Proud of role

Cooper recently discussed his experience working in Schenectady in an interview with the Huffington Post. The actor said he remains proud to have played Cross and is still impressed with the depth of the role Cianfrance gave him.

“I’m so glad I did it though, because it wound up being an experience where I fell in love with playing this role — which was not why I got into it in the first place,” he told the website. “This is the most complicated guy I’ve played for sure.”

The DVD release includes audio commentary from Cianfrance, including him discussing where his inspiration for the film came from, the shooting locations he chose and how he found the right actors for the film. There is also a brief featurette about the cast and the scenes deleted from the final 141-minute cut.

The film opened to mixed, but mostly positive reviews. Of the 183 reviews posted on RottenTomatoes.com, a website devoted to film reviews, 150 are considered positive. About 82 percent of the site’s visitors who weighed in on the film were left with a positive impression.

Ben Coccio, one of the film’s writers and a Niskayuna graduate, considers the film a success. He doesn’t see how the combination of box office receipts and critical acclaim can be interpreted otherwise.

“I don’t think there’s any other way you can describe the movie other than a success,” he said during a phone interview Monday.

And it’s a success that’s still a little difficult for Coccio to wrap his mind around. Though he’s already working on scripts for two other productions, his experience working with Cianfrance in the place where he grew up looms large to this day.

“It’s one of those things you work on that’s too big to sum up,” he said. “We set out to make a big movie that people would come back to years from now and I think we achieved that.”

 

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