The Place Beyond the Pines tells the story of how generations are affected by the choices we make during crucial moments in our lives. With the help of Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and a slew of other talented actors, director Derek Cianfrance created an emotional piece that tugs at the heartstrings of people of all ages and walks of life.

The film will be available to own on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and digital special features on Aug. 6 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray Combo Pack gives you an amazing viewing experience, complete with deleted and extended scenes, and a feature commentary with director and co-writer Cianfrance.

The deleted scenes and extended scenes range include small cuts such as “Military School,” a short bit where Mendes’ character Romina sits with her son in an office and discusses the option of military school. There are also longer scenes, such when Gosling's character Luke goes to jail and the viewers see the whole process of Luke being booked, detained and arraigned. For major fans, this is a scene to check out, because you get your needed fix of shirtless Gosling that was missing from the final edit.

The feature commentary gives you the ability to go inside the director’s mind as you watch the film a second time, with Cianfrance taking you through the process of how the film came to be, scene by scene. The Place Beyond the Pines is very interesting to watch through the director’s perspective, and in addition to learning about the original inspiration and concepts for the scenes (as well as how the actors were chosen for their parts), Cianfrance gives you fun tidbits of information about the movie that you can only catch after watching the feature commentary. For instance, in one scene, Cianfrance points out an extra in the background who keeps staring at Gosling.

Also in the feature commentary, Cianfrance praises Gosling, Cooper and Mendes' performances. He speaks of destiny bringing Gosling and himself together for The Place Beyond the Pines and recalls Mendes’ impossible-to-miss beauty when she first auditioned for her role. He spoke very highly of Cooper, emphasizing how surprisingly impressed he was of the dramatic talent coming from the “guy from The Hangover.” It is fascinating to see which lines in the film are not scripted, such as the tagline of the film, “if you’re gonna ride like lightning, you’re gonna crash like thunder.”

The bonus feature, “Going Beyond The Pines,” gives viewers even more inside scoop, featuring interviews with the film’s stars as well as Cianfrance.

The Blu-ray combo pack edition of The Place Beyond The Pines has a variety of riveting features for anyone who is interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look at this stellar film.  

Grade: A

The Place Beyond the Pines is now available on DVD.