SRP$28.95 2.35:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 SONY
 

"I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER" isn't a particularly bad film, but it demonstrates just how much studios have been willing to pass off less than mediocre scripts as "entertaining" horror films for the target teen audiences, as opposed to the days of intelligent and gripping horror films like the original "OMEN" or "ROSEMARY'S BABY."  "I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER" features up and coming talent, a very pretty Sara Michelle Gellar, her future husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillipe and others.  When a bunch of kids celebrate their last summer before college on July 4th weekend, things get from bad to worse, after taking place in a drunken hit and run crime. A year later, someone, draped in a fisherman's jacket, and with a hook, is quickly dispatching the participants in grisly form.  While writer Kevin Williamson is often credited with having written realistic teen dialogue, even a cursory examination of his hit "DAWSON'S CREEK," the "SCREAM" films and certainly "I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER," should make people scratch their head and yell "What the F--k?"  None of his dialogue ever feels real. In fact, it's more believable to credit Corey Haim and Corey Feldman as being Shakespearean actors before crediting Williamson with being anything close to a gifted writer, as is evident throughout the film. Sure, he adapted the script from a novel, but the novel, while not good, wasn't as bad as the film.

SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release.  For a film shot on modest budget, in Hollywood standards, the image is surprisingly impressive. There is some sporadic grain, but there's great detail in darker scenes, and colors are often vibrant. While large portions of the film veer towards looking flat, there are a fair share of "jump off the screen" detail-filled images, and overall, it's a fine transfer.

SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix.  This isn't demonstration quality by a long shot. A few ambient effects pop up here and there, and discrete effects have a kick during a few "shock" moments, but most of the sound is center channel based. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. Music is adequate, but lacks the immersive presence one hopes for with this kind of film.

The same extras, available previously on dvd, are carried over here. A short commentary with the film's director, featurette, music video (all in standard def)are here. The short film which won Jim Gillespie the director's nod for the film, "JOYRIDE" is offered, and it's much better than the feature film offered!