Starring then 14 year old phenom, Lulu Wilson (TV’s The Haunting of Hill House, Annabelle: Creation, Ouija: Origin of Evil) as a pint-sized femme fatale, Kevin James (TV’s Kevin Can Wait, Grown-Ups) in a surprise turn as a stone-cold Neo-Nazi killer, and Joel McHale (TV’s Community, Happily), Becky is a “a stylishly crafted and tenaciously acted thriller which should leave gorehounds plenty satisfied” (Shaun Monro, Flickering Myth). “Featuring strong performances, whip-smart dialogue… and some of the most gruesome horror to ever come from north of the border, Becky is a pleasant little surprise. But make no mistake: it is straight up gleefully irresponsible revenge horror and is definitely not for the squeamish” (Frank Wilkins, Reel Reviews).
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Becky comes to Blu-Ray with a really gorgeous 1080p video presentation after previously being available in a more bare-bones release in 2020. The basic master is the same but the file size and encoding are miles better on this new release. The presentation provides a significant amount of depth on display, especially when Becky is out in the forest. The production design of the house along with the fabrics of clothing provide crystal clear textural details. The image is clean with the natural color palette popping off the screen. The film employs nice splashes of bold colors within articles of clothing and the vegetation which makes for a very striking image. The black levels are appropriately deep and inky with no major instances of digital noise. The flesh tones are natural with a magnificent amount of detail present in close-ups, especially in the bloody aftermath of certain kills. It would have been so fun to get this on 4K UHD Blu-Ray, but this Blu-Ray is a top-tier representation of this movie.
This Blu-Ray comes with a stellar DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track that recreates these bloody situations perfectly. There are numerous hard-hitting moments once the home invasion commences which allows the environmental sounds of the world to engage the surround speakers in a really effective way. When Becky is setting a trap or staking out a kill, there are some really nice ambient details that flesh out the setting. Dialogue is the main force of the film, and it always comes through crisp and clear without being clipped by any competing sounds. This is a film that has fun with music including different songs and the score which all really shine on this disc. The music in the film fills the speakers in a wonderful, well-balanced way. Certain sound effects engage the low end of the track in a way that provides some appreciated texture to the proceedings. The audio track is an excellent sounding presentation for this feature in all respects. There are optional English SDH subtitles provided.
- Audio Commentary: Actress Lulu Wilson and screenwriters Ruckus and Lane Skye deliver an informative and entertaining commentary track in which they discuss the development of the movie, how the casting evolved to what we see on screen, getting Lulu’s mom to cameo in the film, obstacles they overcame during production, the special effects and more. This is packed with great information fans will appreciate.
- Introduction #1: A 20-second introduction with Director Jonathan Milott who quickly welcomes you to the movie.
- Introduction #2: A 13-second introduction with Director Cary Murnion who quickly welcomes you to the movie.
- Two Heads Are Better Than One – Directing Becky: A pretty substantial 41-minute interview with the two directors of the film who discuss their history with one another, developing their filmmaking style, why it is necessary to be open to outside ideas and collaboration, becoming involved with Becky and the initial challenges they faced, working with Kevin James including landing on his look for the film, the absolute fierceness of Lulu Wilson, rounding out the remainder of the cast, the location scouting and set design, the makeup effects and more.
- No Laughing Matter with Joel McHale: A 14-minute interview with Joel McHale in which he discusses his initial impression of the script, the directing style of the two directors, what he wanted to accomplish with his character, memories of his co-stars, the awe he has for Lulu Wilson, the release of the film and more.
- The Fight Of Her Life with Lulu Wilson: A nearly 15-minute interview with the star in which she discusses getting approached with the script, developing the character with the directors, the pressure of leading a movie, the dynamic of working with two directors, her impressions of the ensemble, the moment that makes fans upset, bringing artwork to the movie, seeing the movie for the first time, the release of the film during the pandemic, how she feels about the film and more.
- Fan Art Gallery: A nearly five-minute collection of artwork created by fans is provided here.
- Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery: A collection of marketing materials, sketches, behind-the-scenes photos and more are provided here.
Becky is a deliriously fun time that balances the horrific with the gleefully twisted in a way that works really well. The titular performance from Lulu Wilson is incredibly committed and charismatic in a way that has you cheering for her even when she is perpetrating heinous acts. The film has a strong command of pace, and it establishes itself as a feature you can watch again and again without becoming bored. This one deserves a bigger audience than it got during the height of the pandemic. Ronin Flix has released an outstanding new Blu-Ray featuring a top-notch A/V presentation and a stellar selection of supplemental features. If you are a fan of this film, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. Recommended
Becky is currently available to purchase on Special Edition Blu-Ray.
Note: Images presented in this review are not reflective of the image quality of the Blu-Ray.
Disclaimer: Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment have supplied a copy of this disc free of charge for review purposes. All opinions in this review are the honest reactions of the author.
Dillon is most comfortable sitting around in a theatre all day watching both big budget and independent movies.