Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 11th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1978
Director: Al Adamson
Writers: Michael Bockman, Greg Tittinger, Al Adamson
Cast: Geoffrey Land, Jill Jacobson, Marilyn Joi, Katherine Pass, Prentiss Moulden, Bill Roy, Erwin Fuller, J.C. Wells, Clay Foster, Caryl Briscoe, Jack Barnes, John F. Goff, Greg Tittinger
BluRay released: June 27th, 2017
Approximate running time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $32.98
Nurse Sherri was co-written and directed by Al Adamson whose other notable films include, Satan’s Sadists, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Black Samurai and Death Dimension. The score for Nurse Sherri was compiled from music that was composed by Harry Lubin (One Step Beyond, The Outer Limits).
Content wise, film has all the ingredients one would want and expect from an exploitation film. The premise is a melting pot of other more well-known films from this era. And when it comes to the narrative, though there are a few moments that tend to drag. The majority of the narrative is a delirious ride that most fans of exploitation should thoroughly enjoy.
The performances are best described as serviceable. With this film’s strongest performance being Jill Jacobson in the role of Nurse Sherri. She delivers an enthusiastic performance and nowhere is this more evident than a possession scene where her character is aroused. Another performance of note is Marilyn Joi (The Candy Tangerine Man) in the role of Tara Williams, a nurse who works with Sherri.
Ultimately Nurse Sherri is a prime example of 1970’s exploitation cinema. The film draws inspiration from other films that were popular from this era. Most notably films like The Student Nurses and Carrie.
Nurse Sherri comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original negative. The majority of this film was shot on 16mm and the few scenes that were shot at a later date on 35mm. Needless to say the moments that were shot on 35mm look better than their counterparts, since the negative for the 16mm footage no longer exits and 35mm blow-ups of the 16mm footage is what have been used for the aforementioned 16mm footage. Considering the limitations of the source material, this transfer looks very good and it is easily the best this film has ever looked on home video.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. Range wise, things can at times sound rather limited, dialog comes through clearly and the film’s score sound’s appropriately robust.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a promotional stills gallery, trailers for the film (3 minutes 2 seconds), a Then and Now featurette about the locations featured in the film (2 minutes 34 seconds), a featurette with actresses Jill Jacobson and Marliyn Joi titled Nurses’ Confessions (20 minutes 46 seconds) and an audio commentary with producer Sam Sherman.
Topics discussed in the extra titled Nurses’ Confessions include, their origins as actresses, Al Adamson, onset memories, sex scene / lack of chemistry, the cast, the score and their thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, Nurse Sherri’s release history, his contributions to the film, Al Adamson, post-production and why they had to shoot additional scenes, the origins of the film, the cast, special effects, composer Harry Lubin and how the score for the film was compiled from music that he composed for other films / television series and other production related topics.
Rounding out the extras is the alternate exploitation version of the film (84 minutes 6 seconds). It should be noted that this extra is only in standard definition and it can be found on the DVD that has been included as part of this combo release.
Overall Nurse Sherri gets an excellent release from Vinegar Syndrome.
Screenshots for Alternate Exploitation Version