Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.66:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Michel Deville's Love at the Top arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of German distributors Film Confect Home Entertainment/Rough Trade.
The high-definition transfer has been struck from a dated master, and as far as I can tell it appears to be the same master that Universal Studios used for the R2 DVD release of Love at the Top (the disc is included in the Romy Schneider Classic Edition five-disc box set).
Georges Wilson is also leaves a lasting impression as the overly ambitious businessman Lourceuil.
Deville shot Love at the Top with his regular cinematographer, Claude Lecomte (The Bear and the Doll, The Woman in Blue).
Intrigued and inspired by Nicolas' accomplishment, Claude decides to transform him into the type of man women cannot resist and wealthy men would flock to do business with.
When the transformation is complete, Claude will document it in his next novel. Love at the Top more than forty years ago, but its visual style and very intelligent social commentary give it a strikingly contemporary identity.
The biggest issue here is the presence of various sharpening adjustments as well as some partial filtering corrections that have been inherited from the old master.
Rather predictably, there are portions of the film that can look quite harsh, though I would like to mention again that at least some depth is retained and now the film can be enjoyed on larger than 55' screens.
(Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray release.
It is unquestionably one of Deville's best, but as it is the case with the majority of his films, it is virtually unknown on this side of the Atlantic.
Love at the Top blends the biting sarcasm of Luis Bunuel's classic films and the social awareness of Elio Petri's films (without the unbridled anger) to expose the hypocrisy of a society in which everyone has a price.
"Le mouton enrag" (1974) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of German distributors Film Confect Home Entertainment/Rough Trade.
There are no supplemental features on the disc, but the release comes with a booklet with writings on the film in German.