Novocaine [DVD] [2001]

  • SKU: 4524802
  • Release Date: 04/23/2002
  • Rating: R
Steve Martin stars in the funny film noir dental thriller Novocaine. Artisan has put forth considerable effort on this 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Featuring bright colors and even black levels, this transfer looks very well rendered with only the slightest amount of edge enhancement marring the image. The audio is featured in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English. This is an excellent soundtrack sporting lots of directional effects and some funky music by Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek. Also included on this disc are subtitles in English and French. This is a very nice edition of Novocaine that includes a vast array of special features, starting with a commentary track by director David Atkins. Atkins has a working knowledge of the production and story and throws out many entertaining anecdotes about the film. Two features -- "Getting the Shot" and "Bitten" -- give the viewer a working knowledge of both the film's production and dental forensics. "Bitten" is an especially neat featurette that includes interviews with dental forensic specialists discussing how to snatch dental records off of a mutilated corpse. "Getting the Shot" is a by-the-numbers eight-miunte promo spot for the film. Finally there are five rather uninteresting deleted scenes, two theatrical trailers for the film, "The Music of Novocaine" music sampler, some thin production notes, bonus trailers for Artisan movies, and some information on the film's cast and crew.
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Special Features

  • "Getting the Shot" - the making of "Novocaine"
  • "Bitten" - an exploration into forensic dentistry
  • Deleted scenes
  • Director's commentary
  • Music of "Novocaine"
  • 16:9 widescreen
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround audio
  • 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround audio
  • English subtitles
  • Spanish subtitles
  • Trailers
  • Trailer gallery
  • Production notes
  • Cast and crew bios
  • Digitally mastered
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene index
  • Closed Captioned


In this darkly comic film noir from writer/director David Atkins, Steve Martin revisits dentistry -- an occupation he'd explored 15 years prior, in the camp musical Little Shop of Horrors. Novocaine casts Martin as a much more mild-mannered D.D.S., Dr. Frank Sangster. Engaged to a prim and delicate hygienist, Jean (Laura Dern), Sangster leads a placid, upper-middle class existence, save for the occasional visit from his deadbeat artist brother Harlan (Elias Koteas). But Sangster finds his life turned inside out from the moment the alluring Susan (Helena Bonham Carter) plops down in his reclining vinyl chair: Complaining about her molars, she's really more interested in the refrigerator of narcotics the good dentist keeps on hand for his patients in pain. Once they manage to get Sangster's guard down, Susan and her brother (Scott Caan) rob him blind -- and worse yet, frame him for the theft. When a dead body turns up in Sangster's sleek suburban home, he finds that clearing his name will be a difficult proposition indeed. Novocaine marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Atkins, who first made his mark with the script for Emir Kusturica's oddball cult favorite Arizona Dream (1993). ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin - Dr. Frank Sangster
  • Helena Bonham Carter
    Helena Bonham Carter
  • Laura Dern
    Laura Dern - Jean Noble
  • Scott Caan
    Scott Caan - Duane
  • Keith David
    Keith David - Detective Lunt

Overall customer rating

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

50%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars



    This movie has its moments but there isn't enough of them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars



    I'm really surprised Steve Martin took a role in this picture. I'm equally surprised that all the rest of the great cast took roles too, because it's a dark, weird, and twisted tale that I found completely unentertaining.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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