The news about 'Panic In Needle Park' being released is very welcome, but it also reminds me that we are still waiting for Warners to get around to releasing 'Scarecrow', which was Pacino's second collaboration with the same director (Jerry Schatzberg). 'Scarecrow' also starred Gene Hackman, and won the Palm d'Or award for the best film at the Cannes festival in the early 1970's (I think it was 1973). It's strange that Warners are still sitting on this one.
Yeah Bruce, Scarecrow is sorely missed on DVD, very surprising since it has 2 big name stars in it. I always group this with three other Warner films, Straight Time, Night Moves & Prince of the City because none of them are on DVD.
I just watched it again recently (I have the Laser) and it always surprises me how plain & ordinary Pacino's wife is in the film, something which you never see in a Hollywood studio film nowadays. I'm probably the only one who notices such things, but it really makes a strong impression on me, it brings the film that much closer to reality.
Not only that, but she's actually within shouting distance of his age. You're not the only one, Jay. This is one of the reasons I too am drawn to late 60s-70s films. In fact, I remember watching Serpico and then watching Carlito's Way and noting that Pacino was now a helluva lot older while his love interest (Penelope Ann Miller) was quite a bit younger and lovelier. Of course, the careers of his female co-stars from Serpico had long before fizzled out. Can't wait for this and the others you mentioned to see the light of day on our favorite format.