I Still Know What You Did
Last Summer

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Details At A Glance

Category Thriller/Horror Theatrical Trailer(s) Yes, 1 - 1.33:1 non-16x9, Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating Other Trailer(s) Yes, 1 - Teaser Trailer, 1.33:1 non-16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0
Year Released 1998 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 96:29 minutes Other Extras Filmographies - Cast
Featurette - Behind The Scenes (5:40)
Music Video - Jennifer Love Hewitt "How Do I Deal" (3:30)
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 2,4 Director Danny Cannon

Columbia TriStar
Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt
Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Mekhi Phifer
Muse Watson
Matthew Settle
RRP $34.95 Music John Frizzell

Pan & Scan/Full Frame No MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking No
Subtitles English
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    I quite liked the original to this sequel, being of course the cumbersomely named I Know What You Did Last Summer, and so was hesitantly looking forward to seeing this movie for the first time. Being basically a reply to Scream, this series (which I am sure will continue) is your standard pretty looking teens get terrorized by superhuman unstoppable madman intent on killing them in as gruesome a manner as possible. Any surprises here? Unfortunately not - the formula has been squeezed just a little too much for any real shocks, but it does maintain a steady pace and is a pretty watchable and thankfully short movie.

    Starring the cleavage-based talents of Jennifer Love Hewitt, this movie is essentially a vehicle allowing said actress as well as Brandy to wear the skimpiest clothes possible. From this angle, the movie does not disappoint. The producer Neal H. Moritz claims he wanted this movie to be scarier than the original; in my mind he failed by a long shot. However, the production is slick and tight, the sound is glorious and the image is close to perfection, and I am sure many will enjoy it; men maybe more than women though - sexist remark as it may be, but Jennifer Love Hewitt didn't land this role for nothin'!

Transfer Quality


    This transfer is close to perfect, and was only saved from being reference quality by a quirky colour balance.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and it is 16x9 enhanced.

    This is a very sharp and clear transfer, and amongst the best I have seen from Columbia. Shadow detail for a movie of this nature must be handled with a great deal of care - much of the suspense is generated by darkness and an inability to clearly see the villain. Given these considerations, low-level detail was perfect and very satisfying. There was no low-level noise whatsoever in this picture.

    The picture is only marred by a slight imbalance in the colour temperature. I felt that the picture was too "warm", with too much of a red component. This imbalance is not present in the trailers, which have a much more natural appearance, and so it is a shame that the movie is affected by this. I found this to be somewhat distracting at times, especially in bright outdoor scenes, but others may not be as picky as me! Thankfully, much of the movie takes place in low-light conditions, and this effect is not as evident during those times.

    There were no significant MPEG artefacts. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of one occurrence of aliasing caused by a striped shirt, but apart from that were not evident. There were no film artefacts to speak of.

    The packaging incorrectly states that there are only three subtitles - English, French and Arabic. There are of course substantially more than this! (see above).


    This is an excellent audio transfer, and is of reference quality.

    There are two soundtracks on this disc - English Dolby Digital 5.1 and German Dolby Digital 5.1. The packaging incorrectly states a French soundtrack, which in fact is German. I listened to the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

    Dialogue was at all times clear and easy to understand.

    There were no problems with audio sync during the movie.

    The thrill-a-minute score by John Frizzell is perfectly suited to the onscreen action. We get the now-staple loud stabs of sound (pun intended) to increase the shock value when needed, which I must admit are very effective. The soundstage is very wide and detailed, and the recording is of superb quality. The large dynamic range on this disc necessitated turning up the volume quite a bit from my normal listening level - this had the (desired) effect of creating very loud scary noises at times. Soundproofing your home would not be a bad idea for this one!

    Surround presence is wonderfully aggressive throughout the movie, and is used to superb effect. This is a really fun Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, and makes full use of the medium for maximum effect. I particularly liked the deep, ominous signature sounds of the "slicker" coming from the rears - nice!

    The subwoofer was used extensively by this mix to increase the thrills, and was superbly integrated. Both music and sound effects were treated to a nice helping of bottom-end, rounding the frequency range of this disc off quite nicely.



    The static menu design is very nicely themed, although with no audio or animation enhancement. It is very clear and easy to navigate.

Featurette - Behind The Scenes (5:40)

    Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and in Dolby Digital 2.0, this is basically the trailer with a few token shots behind the camera coupled with some standard interview-type comments from the actors.

Teaser Trailer (2:01)

U.S. Theatrical Trailer (2:00)

   Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and in Dolby Digital 5.1

Music Video - Jennifer Love Hewitt "How Do I Deal" (3:30)

   Another excuse to see Jennifer pose and flirt around whilst singing a not-too-bad pop song, which she of course does quite well!

Filmographies - Cast

Dolby Digital Trailer - City

    I mention this because it has been erroneously encoded in Dolby Digital 2.0, which I don't mind telling you gave me a scare the first time I played it! How did this get past QC?

R4 vs R1

    The R1 version misses out on:     The R4 version misses out on:     Given that both discs are essentially identical, the R4 is the version of choice due to the superior PAL format.


    A predictable teen slasher movie with few surprises.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio is superb and is of reference quality.

    A nice bag of extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Paul Cordingley
9th December 1999
Review Equipment
DVD Panasonic A350A S-Video output
Display Pioneer SD-T43W1 125cm Widescreen 16x9
Audio Decoder Internal Dolby Digital 5.1 (DVD Player)
Amplification Sony STRDE-525 5x100 watts Dolby Pro-Logic / 5.1 Ready Receiver; 4 x Optimus 10-band Graphic EQ
Speakers Centre: Sony SS-CN35 100 watt; Main & Surrounds: Pioneer CS-R390-K 150-watt floorstanders; Subwoofer: Optimus 100-watt passive