DVDFr | Remember… last summer: the full 4K UHD test

A hook replaces the usual slasher dagger in this debut feature from Jim Gillespie, written by the screenwriter of Scream.

Remember... last summer

On the night of July 4, National Independence Day, Julie, Helen, Ray and Barry accidentally run over a stranger. They decide to make the body disappear and swear never to reveal the incident to anyone. But the following summer, Julie receives an envelope with a note written in capital letters: “I know what you did last summer”…

Remember… last summer (I Know What You Did Last Summer) is adapted from a novel by Lois Duncan by Kevin Williamson, of which it is the second scenario after that of Scream (Wes Craven, 1996). He will launch the series
Dawson (Dawson’s Creek1998-2003, 128 episodes), will write the screenplay for the three other films in the saga Screamwill oversee the writing of the saga
Vampire Diaries (2009-2017, 171 episodes) and will create the excellent series TheFollowing2013-2015, 45 episodes).

Remember... last summer

Remember… last summer is also Jim Gillespie’s first feature film, which caught the attention of Columbia Pictures with a short film selected at Telluride and Toronto, Joyride (included as a supplement to this edition), with the British cinematographer who will still hold the camera for his first feature film.

Remember… last summerto ride the wave raised by Wes Craven with The Claws of Night (A Nightmare on Elm Street1984), maintained by
Scream, was to bring together a distribution aimed at the same target, that of teenagers. An inspired choice, that of two young actresses with the wind in their sails and who had not finished talking about them. Jennifer Love Hewitt had been revealed by her contribution to 100 of the 143 episodes of the series The life of five (Party of Five1994-2000), before becoming the famous medium of
Ghost Whisperer
(2005-2010, 107 episodes). Sarah Michelle Gellar caught the eye at age 14 playing the teenage Jackie Kennedy in the miniseries A woman named Jackie (A Woman Named Jackie1984), before making a worldwide reputation in the title role of the unforgettable series created by Joss Whedon, buffy the vampire slayer
(Buffy the Vampire Slayer1997-2003, 149 episodes).

Remember... last summer

The choice is harmoniously completed, on the boys’ side, by Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. who have continued to have a good career. The first would, in particular, put his name at the top of the bill of two major films,
Gosford Park (Robert Altman, 2001) and
Memoirs of our fathers (Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood, 2006). Freddie Prinze Jr., who became the husband of Sarah Michelle Gellar in 2002, made a name for himself above all on the small screen by playing Fred in the first two live-action films Scooby-Doo! and by lending his voice to Kanan Jarrus in the series star wars rebels.

Remember… last summerif not unforgettable, allows you to have a good time thanks to the efficiency of its staging and editing and to the charm and presence of the young actors.

This edition, released for the 25th anniversary of the film, the first in 4K Ultra HD, is completed by two bonuses that the 2008 edition did not offer, two exclusive interviews recorded in 2020.

Remember... last summer

General – 3.5 / 5

Remember… last summer (101 minutes) and its supplements (102 minutes) fit on two discs, a Blu-ray BD-100 4K UHD and a Blu-ray BD-50, housed in a
digipack three-fold, slipped into a case.

The fixed and musical menu of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray offers, from three thumbnails on the right of the screen, to directly launch the reading of three supplements with a cumulative duration of 50 minutes. The film is available in its original language, in English, in Dolby Atmos audio format (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) and in a dubbing in seven languages, including French in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 format, with subtitles in 21 languages , including French, “Parisian” or Québécois, and English.

The BD-50 Blu-ray’s animated and musical menu offers the film in English and in a French and Portuguese dub, all in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 format, with subtitles in 10 languages, including French and English and supplements with a cumulative duration of 42 minutes, not including the audio commentary of the film. The BD-Live function is no longer activated, although the shortcut still appears.

Inside the box, a reduction of the poster in 35 x 43.8 cm format, six silver prints of photos from the film in 10 x 15 cm format and the envelope received by Julie James with the message “I know what you did last summer”.

Remember... last summer

Bonuses – 2.5 / 5

On 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray:

Seven deleted scenes (5′), obviously not restored, of mediocre technical quality.

Interview with the director (30′, 2020). Jim Gillespie, with a Scottish accent that has survived decades of life in the USA, recalls that the cinema bug, instilled by the films of John Ford and Howard Hawks, lured him to Hollywood where he became an assistant, before his first film, the short film Joyride did not attract the attention of the producers who gave him the means to make his first feature film. He talks about the choice of the four young actors, the filming locations, in North Carolina and California, the delicate realization of the scenes aboard the trawler, the surprising very last shot whose idea came to him at the last moment…

Interview with Muse Watson (15′, 2020). The interpreter of the fisherman on the hook was attracted from adolescence by the profession of actor (he, during his studies, held on the boards a role in The Taming of the Shrew, the comedy of William Shakespeare). He worked several odd jobs in Hollywood, operated a fleet of trucks for transporting camera equipment, alongside his acting career. He reveals anecdotes about the filming of the final scenes, aboard the trawler.

On the Blu-ray BD-50, taken from the 2008 edition:

A very detailed account of the genesis of the film, the casting, the staging options, the anecdotes of the shooting… by Jim Gillespie, interviewed by the editor.

Joyride, short film by Jim Gillespie

(1996, 10′), with or without the director’s commentary. At nightfall, a worker in charge of repairing the electrical network stops his car: a man is lying on the side. It was a trap: knocked out by an accomplice, he wakes up tied up in the trunk of a car… Adapted from a short story by Ramsey Campbell, shot in England, in Surrey, produced by the British Film Institute, a little thriller effectively realized with an unexpected ending, announcing that of Remember… last summer. Completed by an interesting commentary.

Now you remember (27′, 1997). Director, screenwriter, producers and actresses Jennifer Love Hewitt and Anne Heche engage in a promotional exercise for the film, illustrated by numerous excerpts from scenes.

Clip: Hush by Kula Shaker (3′), the unforgettable leitmotif of the film.

Trailer (2’19”).

Remember... last summer

Picture – 5.0 / 5

The image (2.39:1, 2160p, HEVC, Dolby Vision, HDR10) clearly benefited from the 4K remastering carried out for this edition. It results in a remarkable resolution (without altering the silver fine grain), a gain in luminosity, a strengthening of the contrasts with very dense blacks and a revitalization of the colors. The legibility of the many night scenes is perfect.

Remember... last summer

Sound – 5.0 / 5

The Dolby Atmos remix, tested in the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible format, is also up to par. Without breath, it ensures a clear restitution of the dialogues and gives a beautiful scale to the musical accompaniment. The feeling of immersion in the atmosphere is there and very consistent, in all the scenes, outdoors and indoors. Flawless !

The French dubbing, if it lacks a bit of naturalness, was technically well served by DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 encoding on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 on the BD-50 Blu-ray.

Image credits: © Columbia, Mandalay

Test setup

  • Video projector SONY VPL-VW790ES
  • Sony UBP-X800M2
  • Denon AVR-4520
  • Focal Profile 918, CC908, SR908 and Chorus V speaker/subwoofer kit (7.1 configuration)
  • Image diagonal 275 cm

DVDFr | Remember… last summer: the full 4K UHD test