Reviewer's Rating 2 out of 5  
The Secret Lives Of Dentists DVD (2005)

Despite getting rave reviews for a "funny and poignant" examination of a marriage in meltdown, Alan Rudolph's The Secret Lives Of Dentists sat on the shelf for 2-3 years before finally getting a UK release. Starring Campbell Scott and Hope Davis, it definitely wears its indie credentials on its sleeve, but discerning moviegoers were not disappointed.

Open Wide...

While the film is definitely worth a look if you missed it first time around, this DVD doesn't offer many treats for those who've already seen it. Unlike the Region 1 disc, this edition omits the Sundance Channel: Anatomy Of A Scene featurette and audio commentary by director Alan Rudolph and Campbell Scott. That leaves us with just four deleted scenes and a gag reel.

The Secret Lives Of Dentists DVD

We can't think why Rudolph cut the scene where Denis Leary gives Scott a bath, but thankfully, you can catch that among the deleted footage. Less funny but definitely more significant is a moment of intimacy between Scott and Davis; suspicion and resentment have already started to infect their relationship when Scott tries to kiss it better and "fool the neurones" into numbing the pain.

Biting Wit

It seems the dentists forgot to put their teeth in for the gag reel, which showcases all the usual fluffing and faffing. It also boasts plenty of blood and vomit, plus Leary suffering from a chronic bout of verbal diarrhoea.

A gallery of Tartan trailers winds things up for this package of extras. Despite a few added laughs and tears, in the end, it's just not much to sink your teeth into.


  • Gag reel
  • Four deleted scenes
  • Original trailer
  • Tartan trailer reel
  • Technical Information

    2 Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0, Digital DTS Animated, with music 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
    16 English English
    English The special features are not subtitled. 15

    End Credits

    Director: Alan Rudolph

    Writer: Craig Lucas

    Stars: Campbell Scott, Denis Leary, Hope Davis, Robin Tunney, Cassidy Hinkle, Lydia Jordan

    Genre: Drama

    Length: 104 minutes

    Cinema: 12 August 2005

    DVD: 23 January 2006

    Country: USA