Mill Creek Entertainment’s timing couldn’t be more on the mark. With the announcement that a reboot of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” is heading our way, moviegoers and genre fans will no doubt start searching high and low for a copy of the original to watch. A new Blu-ray release of the 1997 classic slasher flick will help remind everyone why it’s worthy to be re-visited.
A group of partying teenagers accidently hit someone while driving home on July 4th. Scared of what might happen if they report the incident, they proceed to dump the body. Unfortunately, the unrecognizable person isn’t dead and, in a panic, is thrown into the sea still alive. A year goes by and the friends start receiving notes from someone who obviously knows their dark secret.
I saw “I Know What You Did Last Summer” in the theater in 1997 and remember what an entertaining thrill ride it was. Everyone was amped up for teen slasher flicks at the time after the re-invention of the genre by Wes Craven’s “Scream.” Writer Kevin Williamson penned the script and gave the film the same exciting twists and turns that made it a rousing success.
The cast of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” helped pull in audiences from all directions. Jennifer Love Hewitt was familiar to many from her role in the successful television series “Party of Five.” Sarah Michelle Gellar played the lead in the smart and scary “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Pretty boys Ryan Phillipe and Freddie Prinze Jr. were just starting to make a name for themselves in Hollywood. It was what every teen wanted at the time and even now; Beautiful people getting hacked up one by one by a masked killer.
It doesn’t appear too much time was put into restoring the audio or video for the Blu-ray version. “I Know What You Did Last Summer” is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital. It looks and sounds good, but I wouldn’t say there are any drastic improvements over the DVD version of the film.
Most Mill Creek Entertainment Blu-ray re-issues don’t come with any special features and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” is no different. Those who crave “Making of” and “Behind-the-Scenes” featurettes will definitely be disappointed. It would be nice if they would at least include all the extras from the DVD release, but maybe licensing won’t permit that.
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” is rated R for strong horror violence and language. It’s rather tame by today’s standards. The violence hearkens back to early “Friday the 13th” and “Halloween” movies. Although there are some adult situations, no nudity is found.
Horror fans looking to keep their home entertainment collections up to date with the latest editions of their favorite movies will want to pick up “I Know What You Did Last Summer” on Blu-ray. Although it doesn’t include any extras, it’s still a worthy purchase for those looking to have the latest high-definition version you can get. You definitely can’t beat the price at under ten dollars.
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” is available now on Blu-ray.