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May 14, 2014
Nurse 3D Blu-Ray Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
N/A9/4/2014Village RoadshowDoug Aarniokoski
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
AVC MPEG-4DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1MA15+Paz De La Huerta

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Paz De La Huerta is the lead in Nurse 3D.

Just look at the cover for this disc, a sexy nurse riding a large syringe. With the film available in 3D there was little chance I would pass up the opportunity to review this disc. So what's Nurse 3D about then...

By day Abby Russell (Paz De La Huerta) is a dedicated nurse, someone you wouldn't hesitate to trust your life with. But by night, her real work begins... using her smoldering sexuality she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse starts to suspect Abby's actions and compromises her master plan, Abby must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you'd least expect to justice.

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Katrina Bowden puts in a decent performance.
Running for a lean 83 minutes this film never outstays its welcome which is a good thing but there are some disappointments. In many ways this film has a Tarantino vibe to it - quirky characters, interesting monologues and some extreme violence - particularly towards end of the film. Sadly though this film feels half baked - it could have pushed so many more boundaries - it wants to be a R18+ film, but seems toned back in sex and nudity and the violence, or more precisely the gruesomeness, is pretty restrained bar a few shots towards the end of the film.

In terms of actors the lead in the film, Paz De La Huerta, has the starring role, but she's as wooden and unemotional as Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator - but with much less style, and humour. Perhaps that's intentional, but it makes her seem like a serial killer and how other characters don't realise something is "off" with Abby continues to linger.

For us the star of the film is actually Katrina Bowden as Danni who many would know from the great dark comedy Tucker & Dale Vs Evil. The only other actor of note is Judd Nelson as Dr. Morris who is decent in his limited screen time. When we saw the credits for this film we were keen to see Kathleen Turner who plays Head Nurse Betty Watson but her screen time is limited to probably under a minute - such a wasted opportunity. Perhaps her scenes were cut, but we expected to see much more from her in this film.

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Things get a little bloody in Nurse 3D.
Nurse isn't a terrible film, but feels like a cheap Tarantino knock-off that misses the mark. Perhaps the main reason to check this film out isn't for the film, but some pretty entertaining 3D shots and effects. Not one to add to your must-watch list, but if you have a few mates around and enjoy 3D films, this might be worth a look.

Despite being titled Nurse 3D this Blu-Ray disc includes both 2D and 3D versions of the film - however we have to say, given the film is made for 3D and some "shock" value this is certainly the best way to watch the film if you have the means. Visually the film is pretty impressive with good levels of detail which are retained even in the darker scenes. No, it's not reference quality, but as we've said on several occasions now the Blu-Ray format is mature enough that most studios have encodes to consistently high levels.

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Another somewhat seductive shot of Abby.
Much like the video presentation the audio on the Nurse 3D Blu-Ray is pretty decent with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which provides a clear audio experience with decent sound prioritization and some good use of surround sound channels. As we mentioned above there isn't as much action in this film as we expected - there's no car chases or shootouts to make this demo worthy, but it gets the job done. The only disappointment is that, apparently, the American release features a 7.1 audio track - but it's not such a big budget film that we would expect anything dramatically better then what we have.

As well as the English DTS-HD track this Blu-Ray does include an English Descriptive Narration for the Vision Impaired track which is disappointingly encoded in Dolby Digital 2.0 at 192kbps while there is a single English Subtitle track which is pretty accurate to the on-screen dialogue.

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Finally, a shower scene, but with clothes on?!
While the American release of Nurse includes a Directors Commentary by Doug Aarniokoski, "Making of" doco which runs for 8 minutes and some video diaries running for 6 minutes this Australian release is devoid of any extras. It's such a shame the commentary is missing as it's supposedly pretty solid.

Nurse 3D was a film with what could have been a fun and interesting premise, but ultimately fails to deliver the thrills expected. One redeeming feature is the 3D which almost makes this a release worth a rental for a laugh with some mates over a few drinks.

Review By: Dave Warner


Note: All images in this article are Copyrightę Village Roadshow. They are only indicative of the movie and not sourced from the vastly superior Blu-Ray disc format.