It's difficult to believe that ten years have passed since the wave of teen horror films like "I Know What You Did Last Summer". A picture that went a fairly long way towards furthering the careers of its four leads, "I Know What You Did" isn't a classic, but in comparison to some of the films that came out around the same time, the film does still stand up better than the rest of the pack thanks to a streamlined approach.
The film (based upon the novels by Lois Duncan, adapted for the screen by "Scream" writer Kevin Williamson) stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James, a high school senior who spends the Summer after graduation hanging out with friends Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Barry (Ryan Phillippe), and Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.) The four are hanging out and partying on July 4th when their car hits a man in the road. They try to cover up the accident, but the guilt weighs heavily on them as they go their separate ways.
A year later, Julie starts getting messages from someone out for revenge and who's clearly aware of the group's secret. One-by-one, they become the targets of a villain wearing a rain slicker and using a hook for a hand. As characters both main and supporting are taken out of the picture, Julie has to rush to figure out who's after them before she's next in line.
"I Know What You Did Last Summer" doesn't provide terrific performances, but the film's cast - especially Gellar and Philippe - are an improvement over some of the other films in the genre that came out around the same time. Director Jim Gillespie also gets credit for keeping the picture tight and tense, as the 101 minute running time moves along at a rapid clip. Overall, while the acting can be rather hokey at times and there are some patches of clunky dialogue, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" still holds up decently after a little over ten years.
VIDEO: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" is presented in 2.40:1 (1080p/AVC) by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. While relatively low-budget fare that's now a little over a decade old, "I Know What You Did" still holds up relatively well, as the picture looks crisper and more detailed than ever on this Blu-Ray presentation. While some light grain is visible, it ends up giving the image a more "film-like" look. Even in the film's many dark/dimly-lit sequences, the picture held up quite well. The picture was mostly free of debris, aside from a few small specks and marks that appeared in a handful of scenes. No edge enhancement or artifacting was seen and the film's subdued color palette looked accurately presented, with no smearing or other faults. Overall, for a catalog title, this transfer did exceed expectations. English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Dutch, Chinese, Korean and Thai subtitles.
SOUND: The film is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1. The film's soundtrack isn't particularly aggressive, but the surrounds are occasionally used for creepy ambience or sound effects. Audio quality remained very good, with crisp, clear dialogue and effects. Dolby TrueHD audio tracks are also included in French and Portuguese.
EXTRAS: The Blu-Ray carries over the extras from the prior release, including a very informative commentary from director Jim Gillespie, Gillespie's short film ("Joyride"), the film's trailer, "making of" featurette and trailer.
Final Thoughts: While certainly not a classic, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" manages some decent performances from its cast and director Jim Gillespie keeps things moving quickly. The Blu-Ray does offer improved presentation quality over the prior DVD edition, especially in regards to image quality. Recommended for fans.
The Film C+