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Hush, child. No more screaming, no more running, it's time to die!

I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER ($29) is one of those rarities, a sequel that is more enjoyable than the original. And, in the world of horror sequels, that is an even greater rarity. In I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, four teenagers are stalked by a crazed killer who knows that during the previous summer, they accidentally hit a man with their car while he was walking along the highway. The killer also knows that they dumped the man’s body in the ocean after the accident. Of course, the body turned out to be "not quite dead"- and the supposed corpse waited an entire year before coming to take revenge. My biggest problem with I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER is the fact that the teenage characters aren't overly sympathetic, so watching them get filleted by a nut in a black fisherman’s slicker didn’t have the intended effect. Anyway, the most likable teens did manage to survive the hook-wielding maniac in the first film, thus enabling them to appear in I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER.

I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER should have been entitled I Know What You Did Two Summers Ago, but I doubt that title would have looked as good on a marquee. This film takes place two summers after the "accident" and one summer after the crazed fisherman murders two of the four teenagers, before he himself is "killed" again. Jennifer Love Hewitt returns to the role of college student Julie James, the girl who wanted to do the right thing after the "accident" in the original film. Julie still feels guilty over the entire affair, even though she and her friends never really killed anybody. Nightmares of the killer persist and Julie doesn't want to return home for the Independence Day celebration, especially since both tragedies transpired in her hometown, over two consecutive July Forth holidays. Julie's boyfriend Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.) tries to convince her to come home, but to no avail.

When Julie's best friend and college roommate, Karla (Brandy), wins a radio station contest, the girls find themselves jetting off to the Caribbean for a little fun in the sun. Unfortunately, their little vacation turns into a total washout… with the hotel being almost deserted, as the July Forth holiday coincides with this tiny island's rainy season. Making matters worse, Julie begins receiving messages that say, "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer," insuring the return of the hook wielding fisherman. I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER is a more successful teen slasher movie than its predecessor because the characters are more likable, and there is more humor to relieve tension, in between the scares. The cast of I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER features Mekhi Phifer, Muse Watson, Bill Cobbs, Matthew Settle, Jeffrey Combs, Jennifer Esposito and Jack Black.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has made I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER sports a fairly robust 1080p presentation on Blu-ray, but doesn’t come across as well as its cinematic predecessor. The image tends to crisp, dimensional and sports a healthy dose of texturing and fine detail much of the time. Sure, some of softness creeps in here and there, but overall the image is quite strong. Colors tend to be quite vibrant, stable and produce attractive looking flesh tones. Blacks appear accurate and the whites are crisp. Contrast and shadow detail are generally strong performers. The elements from which I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER have been transferred appear are quite clean. Modest grain is present throughout, and the presentation maintains an organic quality.

I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. While not exactly one for the demo pile, the soundtrack is highly capable and delivers the goods in the scary movie category. There is plenty of activity in the mix, with all of the discrete channels being well utilized to enhance the scares, as well as providing all the requisite tension inducing atmosphere. Fidelity is pretty terrific thanks to the lossless encode, with the material sounding better than it did on DVD. Also, the bass channel enhances key moments, as well as adding weight to sound effects. Dialogue is always crisp and easy to understand. French and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby TrueHD are also encoded onto the disc. Subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc’s interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the extras, which have been ported from the DVD release. There is a Making Of Featurette as well as a Jennifer Love Hewitt Music Video for the song How Do I Deal, as well as a Theatrical Trailer for the feature, plus a couple of Bonus Trailers. I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player).

As horror movie sequels go, I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER is more enjoyable than the original. The Blu-ray presentation is very solid and makes for a worthwhile upgrade.



I Still Know What You Did Last Summer [Blu-ray]


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