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Nurse 3D (2013/Lionsgate Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray 2D)

3D Picture: B+ 2D Picture: A Sound: A Extras: B- Film: B+

Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire) owns Nurse 3D (2013), with her sexy and exotic look that brings to life an interesting take on the modern serial killer not unlike NBC's Hannibal or Christian Bale's American Psycho. The film is full of enough blood, guts, and nudity to satisfy any horror fan and is original enough of a concept to make it a fun popcorn muncher. I'm surprised that this film didn't get more attention upon its initial release as it's a lot better than the majority of horror films hitting cinemas in the past year (such as The Purge and Paranormal Activity for example). I'm not saying the film is a modern day masterpiece akin to Psycho, but it proves to be a fun time and has high production value. The 3D effects are enjoyable though aren't necessarily pivotal to the overall experience of watching the movie.

The film opens with Abby (Paz de la Huerta) at a night club where she explains to the audience via a narration that her job is to murder cheating men in order to keep scum off of the streets - a job that she thoroughly enjoys and in her a way making her an Anti-Superhero. She then brutally murders a man by slicing through his femoral artery and then throwing him off the roof of the club, spearing him on a fence post. (The kill reminding me of the conclusion of Brandon Lee's The Crow.) The following day she attends a ceremony where she watches the attractive blonde Danni (Katrina Bowden), a nurse she had been mentoring, graduate. She then approaches her and meets Danni's mother and stepfather Martin Price (Martin Donovan). Despite this joyful moment and all of her preparation, Danni is ill prepared for her first true day of nursing duty and is berated by Dr. Morris (the slightly creepy Judd Nelson) for her inability to respond quickly to an emergent situation. Abby views the situation with disgust, as she knows that Dr. Morris is a sadist that enjoys harassing new nurses.

Abby is further irritated when Danni chooses to call her paramedic bi-racial boyfriend Steve (Corbin Bleu) for support rather than approaching Abby herself. She's pleased when Danni's call to Steve ends badly due to a fight the couple had had previously that night over Danni's refusal to move in with him. She explains her actions to Abby by saying that she is unwilling to trust her stepfather enough to leave him alone with her mother. This distrust is later justified when Abby and Danni witness her stepfather having an affair while the two women are on their way to go drinking at a nightclub. Danni is upset at the encounter, which makes her more willing to drink later that night. However unbeknownst to her, Abby spikes her drink with drugs which enables Abby to get Danni to have sex with both her and random strangers. The next day Danni wakes to find herself in Abby's apartment and leaves despite Abby's entreaties for Danni to skip work and spend the day with her. After she leaves, Abby downloads several sexy photos that she had taken from the previous night before leaving to see a psychiatrist, which is revealed to be Danni's stepfather. The plot thickens!

Abby seduces Martin by saying that she's addicted to men, alluding to her past history with her father. He gives her his phone number to contact him anytime she wishes, which seems to confirm Abby's suspicions that Martin is a cheater. She later approaches him while he's leaving his office and convinces him to give her a ride, which enables her to murder him by paralyzing him in his car and putting it in reverse, which causes him to get into a car accident. After hearing of her stepfather's death Danni seeks solace from Abby, only for Abby to grow angry when Danni says that she's going to move in with her boyfriend. Abby comments that she hopes that Martin's genitals were cut off in the car crash, only for Danni to reveal that she had never told Abby how her stepfather had died and quickly leave. This infuriates Abby, who decides that instead of seeking to help Danni, she will now hurt her. She accomplishes this by slowly convincing Detective John Rogan (Boris Kodjoe) that Danni is mentally unstable and obsessed with Abby.

The next day Abby runs into Rachel Adams (Melanie Scrofano), a new human resources employee that remarks that Abby greatly resembles a girl she knew that was sent to a mental institution. Abby invites Rachel out for drinks and takes the opportunity to harass Danni by calling her via Skype and showing Danni a video of Abby injecting chemicals into Rachel. Danni tries to go to the police, only for Detective Rogan to dismiss her claims as evidence of her trying to hurt Abby because the other woman didn't return her affections. He uses the photographs Abby took as proof to this effect, which Steve sees as a result of Danni calling him to the police station for support. This prompts an argument between the two and Steve leaves in a fit of anger. Danni tries to approach Dr. Morris for help, only for him to use this as an opportunity to blackmail Abby into having sex with him. Abby initially pretends to agree to this arrangement but soon shows that it was only a way for her to get him alone so she could dismember and murder him in a pretty brutal torture scene that has one of the best arm hackings in recent memory. That same night Abby also knocks out Rachel and drags her away to her death.

The film then shows Danni approaching the mental institution that Rachel had referred to, seeking answers about what is going on. There she learns about Sarah Price, a little girl who killed her father after witnessing him not only having an affair but also severely beating her mother for coming to his office unannounced. Danni also discovers that Sarah was taken in by one of the nurses at the institution, a woman named Abigail Russell. Danni then realizes that that Abby is Sarah and has since taken the name of her caretaker. Danni then tries to call Rachel to warn her about Abby, only to find that Rachel's phone is in her car. She then receives a call from Abby, who implies that she will kill Steve in the same manner as Rachel. What happens in the conclusion of the film?! You have to see it to believe it!

The 3D effect of this Blu-ray doesn't really take full effect until later scenes of the movie. The story itself as I mentioned before uses the 3D as more of a fun novelty than a necessity; MVC encoded in full resolution for the L/R/Eye. The Blu-ray is mastered in crisp and crystal clear 1080p high definition preserving the 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio of the film. The sound is loud and in charge with an impressive English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) lossless track that scares the begeezus out of you! A Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track is also available as well as English and Spanish subtitles and English SDH. All in all Lionsgate should be commended for the overall transfer and nice package for this release that is recommended.

Special features include Bad Medicine: The Making of Nurse featurette, Director Commentary and entertaining Video Diaries.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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