In Standoff, Carter (Jane) is a troubled veteran who gets a chance of redemption by protecting a 12-year-old girl (Ballentine) from a deadly assassin (Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl’s life. (Gary Reber)
Special features include the featurette A Fight To The Death (HD 07:03), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture was digitally photographed, though, unlike other digital productions, exhibits noise, especially during the darker segments, which prevail in the interior of the house. Still, the artifact is not objectionable, as the other qualities are otherwise well rendered. The color palette exhibits natural hues within the context of the interior setting and production design. As for the exterior scenes, naturalness prevails. Hues are nicely saturated throughout. Fleshtones are naturally rendered. Resolution is quiet good whether seen in details of facial features, hair, clothing and a mask, or object textures. Contrast is generally good, with realistic imagery. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is focused on atmospherics and dialogue. Atmospherics are nicely nuanced, as in the creaking sounds of movements within the house. Such sonics are directionalized and at times are aggressively present in the surrounds. The music score provides an eerie backdrop, with an effective bass presence. Action segments are comprised of gunfire—from a hand gun to a rifle to a shotgun used by Carter to protect the 12-year-old girl from the killer. Carter's single shotgun blast is potent. Dialogue is prominent and is effectively integrated spatially. This is a suspenseful sonic experience. (Gary Reber)