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I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Sony // 1998 // 100 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Chief Justice Sean McGinnis (Retired) // April 28th, 1999

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All Rise...

Editor's Note

Our review of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (Blu-Ray), published July 17th, 2009, is also available.

The Charge

Some secrets will haunt you forever.

Opening Statement

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer does not measure up to the original I Know What You Did Last Summer. That said, it is an entertaining film, if you like horror flicks.

The Evidence

As usual, whenever I review a Columbia title, the first and strongest evidence to be presented revolves around the transfer itself. These people absolutely have it DOWN! This movie must have been a bear to get from film to DVD, especially considering that the entire second half of the movie is shot during a wicked storm squall on a Caribbean island. Although I'm not sure how they do it time and again, they most certainly have a way. And they have done it again. This transfer is absolutely flawless, especially considering the film itself.

The audio is also very good. The front soundstage is wide and deep and vocals are properly positioned and clear. Because of the stormy setting, we get to use our processors a bit more too. The rear effects are used quite effectively, as is the LFE channel. This is true especially during the last half of the movie during the raging storm as it engulfs the layers on their little island "vacation."

The disc also includes a theatrical trailer and making of featurette which are certainly pluses in my book—especially considering they are coming from Columbia, which has not deemed it important enough to include these types of extras on a lot of their discs.

The Rebuttal Witnesses

Sadly, the acting here is pretty weak. Now, don't get me wrong. If you are looking for some eye candy and a chance to ogle Jennifer Love Hewitt for an hour and a half, then this is the movie for you. If, however, you prefer a strong performance or two along with a credible script, then you can probably take a pass on this one. Frankly, I wouldn't even have bought this disc, but for the raving opinions of my better half who seems to love this recent horror releases like Scream and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. In any event, I thought I had better review it for your edification so you know what to expect when you go out and buy this disc.

Closing Statement

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is not a terrible flick, but certainly not a very good one either. Again, fans of Jennifer Love Hewitt will want to rush out and add this disc to their collection, but the rest of us will probably want to take a pass.

The Verdict

Guilty of a weak story and weaker acting. Great transfer and good audio will remediate the sentence. One year in a Federal Penitentiary (AKA Country Club).

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Scales of Justice

Video: 85
Audio: 80
Extras: 70
Acting: 75
Story: 60
Judgment: 74

Perp Profile

Studio: Sony
Video Formats:
• 2.35:1 Anamorphic
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English)
• English
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Release Year: 1998
MPAA Rating: Rated R
• Horror

Distinguishing Marks

• Featurette
• Theatrical Trailers
• Music Video: Jennifer Love Hewitt-How Do I Deal?


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