I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Horror
Sony || R - 101 minutes - $28.95 || July 22, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-07-20


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Jim Gillespie
Writer(s): Lois Duncan (novel); Kevin Williamson (screenplay)
Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Johnny Galecki, Bridgette Wilson


Theatrical Release Date: October 17, 1997


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Filmmakers' Commentary
  • Director's Short Film
  • "Now I Know What You Did Last Summer" Featurette
  • Music Video
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Dutch, Chinese, Korean, Thai

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.::THE FILM::.

In 1996, a little slasher/satire flick called Scream came out and ironically enough the horror genre was reinvented. Scream scribe Kevin Williamson suddenly became popular with hit teen soap opera “Dawson’s Creek” debuting in 1998 starring future Mrs. Tom Cruise, Joshua Jackson and that guy who played Dawson.

Ironically enough, even though Scream takes on the horror genre, writer Williamson was drawn toward this project based on a novel called I Know What You Did Last Summer. But outside of having the longest movie title of any horror movies I can think of, this is a run-of-the-mill genre film only saved because of a beautiful high school cast who, for at least 3 out of the 4, enjoy solid careers either on television or movies.

IKWYDLS (even the acronym is long!) stars Jennifer Love Hewitt (TV’s “Ghost Whisperer”) as Julie James, Sarah Michelle Gellar (TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) as Helen, Ryan Phillippe (Stop-Loss) playing Barry Cox and Freddie Prinze Jr. as Ray. The group of friends is out partying on the Fourth of July and while on a dark and windy road, with Barry drunk out of his mind, they run over a man standing in the middle of the road. Looking at manslaughter, at the very least, three of them decide they must get rid of the body (with Julie the loan soul objecting). They dump the body by the dock and make a pact never to talk about that night again. One year later, Julie comes home for the first time since. Grades are awful and her life just isn’t right. Her mom gives her a letter that came in the mail which said: “I Know”. Oooh, how frightening! And slowly one by one a man dressed in a fisherman slicker and cap hunts them down and plays mind games.

I Know merely goes through the motions. The Fisherman (haha) terrorizes and then kills someone, goes after the next, rinse and repeat. A good portion of this film is just laughable before becoming pure comedy gold when you examine the acting. Listen, I adore Jennifer Love Hewitt, so much that I admit to not only watching “Ghost Whisperer” but actually liking it, but the material here gives her nothing and in fact, doesn’t make her look very good either. Ditto goes for Sarah Michelle Gellar, another fine actress with nothing to do except run and scream.

I Know What You Did Last Summer is a generic horror film written by Kevin Williamson. Some of the blame shouldn’t befall on Williamson since it’s apparent the studio came in and hacked his screenplay to make it into a horror film to cash in on the success of Scream (and yes, I know this was based upon a novel). See it for this good looking young cast as even 10 years later it is kind of cool to see them together like this, but don’t expect much from the plot.

Even though it has been several years since I last saw the movie, I knew exactly what was going to happen when, thus the film also holds no repeat value either...



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Everything has been ported over from the previous Special Edition release (though not the one included in the double-feature pack with I Still Know..., which only had a commentary and trailer). Each feature is also presented in standard definition.

Filmmakers’ Commentary features Director Jim Gillespie and Editor Steve Mirkovich and it’s a good track with Gillespie doing most of the talking clueing us in various bits of trivia about where it was filmed, casting, etc.

There’s also Gillespie’s short film (~10:00), Joy Ride (not to be confused with the Paul Walker movie), about a guy who is kidnapped and put in the trunk of his own car as two psychopaths go on a killing spree. An optional commentary is available.

Now I Know What You Did Last Summer (27:05) – This fairly extensive ‘making-of’ featurette goes through the early stages of getting the book rights, hiring Kevin Williamson and casting.

Also included is a music video (2:56) and the theatrical trailer. There is a BD-Live feature as well, but not having a 2.0 Profile player (at this time), I can’t tell you what’s there.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This is a pretty dark movie so there’s not a whole lot to judge in regards to colors and such, but I thought overall this Blu-ray release by Sony was decent enough. Black levels seem to be just right and even though the movie is not a decade old, it looks good. The disc is presented with an OAR of 2.40 and in 1080p high-def (AVC MPEG-4 encoding).

Sony provides an English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that sounds good enough. The audio gets some work out of the music and the dialog sounds pretty clear as well. This isn’t a title you will be wowed by, but I thought it was alright. The TrueHD track is also available in French and Portuguese.



.::OVERALL::.

I Know What You Did Last Summer, while still your run-of-the-mill horror flick with nearly every cliché in the book, it still was somewhat entertaining, though I can’t see myself watching it again anytime soon. I also like seeing these young actors, before they became big (sans Freddie Prinze Jr.), together. My only complaint about this Blu-ray is that Sony didn’t add anything new like a cast commentary or something...