Blu-ray Release: The Panic in Needle Park

Blu-ray Release Date: June 14, 2016
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

Al Pacino (Carlito’s Way) made his extraordinary starring debut as Bobby, a fast-talking, hustling junkie in the 1971 drama The Panic in Needle Park, directed by Jerry Schatzberg from a screenplay by the distinguished screenwriting team of Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne.

Kitty Winn and Al Pacino in The Panic in Needle Park

Kitty Winn and Al Pacino in The Panic in Needle Park

Roaming a grim stretch of New York’s Upper West Side, Bobby hooks up with a relative innocent, Helen (Kitty Winn), and as she joins him in addiction, their doomed romance becomes the fulcrum around which this gritty slice-of-life drama turns.

Twilight Time’s Blu-ray edition of the film contains the following features:

-Isolated Score Track (featuring unused music composed and conducted by Ned Rorem)
-Panic in the Streets of New York
-Writers in Needle Park
-Notes on Ned Rorem’s unused score
-Original Theatrical Trailer

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be sure to head over to the Twilight Time site or that of distributor Screen Archives NOW so you can put in your prebook order!

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.