I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Blu-ray Review
PictureI Still Know What You Did Last Summer comes to our screens at 2.40:1, 1080p using the MPEG-4/AVC codec, and the first few scenes of this do look detailed and sharp however it's not carried through for the entire film and what we're left with is a rather sub-standard, fluctuating presentation. The skin tones always look warm and natural but do occasionally look a little over saturated. Initially facial features, or hands, look very rich with good pore detail more than apparent. The image is on the whole rather sharp, then at times it seems to lose focus and becomes a rather soft affair.
It is this fluctuating softness which is the bug bear of this transfer, it's not consistent and becomes incredibly distracting as one sharp scene suddenly moves to something with fuzzy edges and it's not because the focus is shifting from one character to another; often the main character on screen will not be as crisp or as sharp as in other relatively pleasant scenes. Contrast is good with the bright whites of the Bahamas standing out well although at times these brighter scenes do bloom a little. Darker scenes are never inky black only straying into a grey area and there's some use of post processing, specifically on the night time boat crossing, which are quite frankly almost laughable.
Colour hues are pretty much spot on with the majority of the vibrant colours on offer at the start of the feature before moving to the solemn, rain soaked Bahamas. These colours are rich and vibrant and add a little 'pop' to the presentation but not enough to give you anywhere near the wow factor that you would expect of a good transfer. The print is clean and blemish free though but ultimately this transfer is not up to the high standards we've come to expect from BluRay.
SoundThere's a few Dolby TrueHD 5.1 tracks to whet European appetites, French, Italian and English and obviously I'll cover the English variety. There's also a standard Dolby Digital Russian track if you're from that part of the world. The track from the start is bass heavy and remember this before cracking it up late at night; LFE permeates this film as Ben Wilson permeates Julie's haunted dreams, it's almost constantly in use (especially when the actions kicks in) and adds a menacing feel to the film.
The upper tones are still catered for with birds and other critter effects from the rain washed foliage of the Bahamas to the youths playing in the streets at the start of the film. The effects are predominantly centred in the surround stage though adding ambiance to the feature. The surrounds kick in loudly whilst at a nightclub and again are in almost constant use towards the end with weather, rain effects and discreet effects panning from left surround to right to heighten the atmosphere.
Dialogue is rarely indistinguishable but due to the LFE there is the odd time when some of the vocals are a little hard to make out. These moments are fleeting though and there's not too much relevant dialogue anyway to be overly concerned about. The audio definitely adds to the nature of the film.
- Making of Featurette. - 0:05:40
A featurette at only 5 minutes long, I really don't think so. This is a very short EPK which at best is really no more than an extended trailer and that's all that you get here. The very brief odd interview with some members of the cast, specifically Hewitt and Norwood. Don't be expecting to gain any insight at all into the production, locations or even directors comments. 480i/MPEG-2
- Music Video :“How Do I Deal”, Jennifer Love Hewitt. - 0:03:30
Jennifer grunged up a little and performing the pop track released from this film. You'll either like this style of music/video or not. I don't; like the film the music is really not that original, but the vocals and backing band come across well from your fronts. 480i/MPEG-2.
- Theatrical Trailer. - 0:02:06
As the name suggests. 480i/MPEG-2.
Trailers for Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Surf's Up. 1080p/MPEG-2.
In a word pretty disgraceful really, at least the additional trailers are in HD but little else can be said about this sadly lacking package. Let's face it the trailers don't really count as extras and what we're left with is not even worth the less than ten minutes of your time it would take to get through.
VerdictAnother teen slasher movie, another rip off of Halloween in a genre which really is stagnating to the point of suffocation these days. Scream showed the genre and the movie going public a glimmer of hope as to where it should be going; it seems no one listened though and we're back in that same old rut.
The acting's not up to much, the plot line could have been written on the back of a matchbox and yet again all we're sitting here doing is wasting time and waiting for a little blood action on screen; movies are much more than that though and this doesn't hit any of the right chords for me. The audio adds to the 'fun' but the video has some basic flaws which distract you time and time again. As for the extras package well the less said about that the better.
If hack and slash are your bag then there are better examples out there, if you like this sort of thing then I would still only suggest a rental at the very best. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £17.99
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- Making of Featurette. - 0:05:40