A chilly, elegant character study masquerading as a thriller, Place Vendôme gets a better-than-average DVD release from Wellspring Media. The movie is beautifully shot by Laurent Dailland (his work rightly here earned him a French Cesar nomination) and the disc preserves the film's theatrical aspect ratio with a clean widescreen transfer. The Dolby audio transfer is also strong and showcases Richard Robbins' rich orchestral score. Since "chilly and elegant" can also describe the look of actress-turned-director Nicole Garcia, she does an excellent job of presenting her stars Catherine Deneuve and Emmanuelle Seigner. But while Place Vendôme is sumptuously made, this DVD brings home the fact that the picture not only offers more surface than substance but its individual sequences are better than the whole of its parts. Still, the surfaces alone make it worth seeing and the movie also offers a vivid, if dispiriting portrait of how crooked and corrupt the mainstream diamond industry is.