The first wave of Shout! Factory’s releas­es from Roger Corman’s New World/Concorde sta­ble of films cov­ered a lot of obvi­ous hor­ror and sci-fi stuff: Death Race 2000, Piranha, Humanoids From The Deep, etc.  As they’ve con­tin­ued, they’ve got­ten into the stuff the hard­core fans real­ly obsess over, a diverse range of slight­ly lesser known mate­ri­al like The Great Texas Dynamite Chase and Women In CagesThe Nurses Collection digs even deep­er into fan-fave ter­ri­to­ry by exca­vat­ing 4 of Corman’s “nurse” movies from the ear­ly days of New World.  The results deliv­er a lot of sex­ploita­tive bang for the cult film fan’s buck.

The four films includ­ed in this set are Private Duty Nurses, Night Call Nurses, The Young Nurses and Candy Stripe Nurses.  Each film gets a new anamor­phic trans­fer in the 1.78:1 ratio for this set and the results are easy on the eye: the vin­tage col­or palet­te is retained for each but image qual­i­ty is crisp.

The audio for each trans­fer comes from the orig­i­nal mono mix­es for each title.  There’s some slight but notice­able audio dam­age in spots: a bur­bling sound can be heard in qui­et spots on The Young Nurses and Night Call Nurses while there’s a bit of dis­tor­tion in the last few reels of Private Duty Nurses.  It would have been nice to have a lit­tle bit of cleanup in the­se areas but the over­all sound qual­i­ty is solid.

There are also a few fea­turettes includ­ed in this set, one on each disc.  The first disc’s fea­turet­te is enti­tled “Anatomy Of A Nurse Film.”  It’s built around inter­views with two nurse-film direc­tors, Night Call Nurses’ Jonathan Kaplan and Candy Stripe Nurses’ Alan Holleb.  Both men are self-effac­ing and wit­ty as they recount how they end­ed up doing nurse movies for Corman, with Kaplan focus­ing on slice-of-pro­duc­tion-life anec­dotes while Holleb is ana­lyt­i­cal and frank about his work as a first-time direc­tor.  Along the way, the two men reveal a lot of fas­ci­nat­ing infor­ma­tion about the nurse film gen­re, includ­ing how Corman mod­eled the series upon Valley Of The Dolls and a break­down of how the nurse char­ac­ters and sub­plots were designed.

The sec­ond disc’s fea­turet­te is “Paging Dr. Corman”  — and it actu­al­ly fea­tures both Cormans, Roger and Julie.  They dis­cuss the com­mer­cial fac­tors that inspired the cre­ation of New World’s nurse-flick series and dis­cuss how and why the direc­tors were cho­sen for Night Call Nurses, The Young Nurses and Candy Stripe Nurses (Private Duty Nurses is odd­ly omit­ted from the dis­cus­sion).  Like “Anatomy Of A Nurse Film,” this twelve-min­ute piece was direct­ed and edit­ed by Elijah Drenner and it moves at a snap­py pace that is punc­tu­at­ed by plen­ty of col­or­ful clips from the films in this set.

In short, The Nurses Collection is anoth­er tidy mul­ti-film New World set from Shout Factory, made all the sweet­er by a cou­ple of choice fea­turettes.  It’s well worth the mod­est price for exploita­tion film his­to­ri­ans and any­one else into New World/Corman mate­ri­al.

For Schlockmania’s film review of Private Duty Nurses, click here.

For Schlockmania’s film review of Night Call Nurses, click here.

For Schlockmania’s film review of The Young Nurses, click here.

For Schlockmania’s film review of Candy Stripe Nurses, click here.