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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )


Studio and Year: Columbia Pictures - 1998
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 100 Minutes
Genre: Horror/Thriller

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English/French/Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Thai
Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Brandy, Mekhi Phifer
Directed by: Danny Cannon
Music by: John Frizzell
Written by: Trey Callaway
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 14, 2009

"Someone is dying for a second chance"

Film Synopsis:

Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy, Freddie Prinze, Jr., and Mekhi Phifer star in the screamer sequel to the blood-chilling box office hit, "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Remember Ben Willis? He's the fisherman who killed the boy who was driving the car when it went off the road in the fatal accident that killed his daughter Sara... he's the man in the slicker with a hook in his hand ready to exact bloody justice... well, he's back. It's hard to forget a man who refuses to die.

My Take:

The first film, I know what you did last summer, made a fair addition to the teen scream genre as it created a blend of decent characters, suspenseful horror elements, and a reasonably cohesive story built around a solid cast. A year later this sequel was released and unfortunately it just didn't live up to the original. The return of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. was not enough to overcome the subpar and predictable storyline, ineffectual and contrived scares, and poor supporting cast performances. I just didn't find this film to be entertaining and felt like it was quickly thrown together to capitalize on the success of the original.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for intense terror violence and gore, strong language and some drug use.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 80

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Video: 78

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I still know what you did last summer comes to Blu-ray from Columbia featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 23 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that has an average bitrate of 1.5 mbps.

I generally find catalog release titles from Sony to be quite good. I was a little disappointed with this one. The problems aren't egregious however taken as a whole it didn't measure up to some of the better catalog Blu-ray titles I have seen from them. The video presentation features a nice variety of colors that range from natural in appearance with fair tonal balance to unrealistic and oversaturated. Depending on the scene fleshtones can appear warm with a slightly pinkish hue or lighter with a sun splashed glow. The difference isn't glaring enough to warrant serious complaint but it is noticeable. Contrast and brightness are elevated which results in slightly washed out blacks and whites that occasionally bloom. Scenes containing a mix of light and dark elements lack the pop that provides the perception of strong depth. Shadow detail is good as there is discernible structure visible in backgrounds and objects during shots containing low or uneven light. Resolution is a mixed bag. At times images have clearly defined lines and determinable delineation that offers an appreciable sense of dimension. On the other hand there are many shots that lack those same qualities and appear less definitive and noticeably softer. Long range camera pans such as those of the island aren't well resolved and appear rather dull. The inconsistency is apparent and periodically distracting but overall definition leans more toward good which results in a fair but ultimately disappointing presentation.

This isn't an active Dolby TrueHD surround mix however dialogue and front channel audio is delivered with excellent tonal variation and crystal clear sonics and when engaged the rear channels are used to good effect at different points during the film. Envelopment was readily apparent during the stormy island and sound effects laden scares. Bass response wasn't earth shaking however when applied it had solidity and palpable presence that added emphasis where appropriate.

Bonus Features:

  • Making of featurette - 5 minutes

  • How do I deal - Music video by Jennifer Love Hewitt

  • Theatrical Trailer

  • (HD) BD Previews - 21 and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder

  • BD-Live enabled

Final Thoughts:

Unlike its predecessor I still know what you did last summer felt like a fast food style attempt to drawn audiences based upon the popularity of the first film. This lacks the originals freshness, better developed story, character base and stronger cast. Its debut in high definition on Blu-ray doesn't sport memorable audio/video quality or a decent set of bonus supplements. Unless this is a personal favorite I would recommend skipping it altogether.


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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Final Thoughts:

This lacks the originals freshness, better developed story, character base and stronger cast.

Couldn't agree more. Pass.
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Nice review,Ralph.This film was not so good,thanks.
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I watched this on SD DVD some time ago and don't really remember hating the quality to tell the truth and I enjoyed the story for the most part. I don't want to buy it to check the quality of the BD but the problem is neither Netflix nor my local BV stores has it for rental. Oh well!

Thanks for the review.
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