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Top Girl 
Written by: on February 20th, 2009

Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1996
Director: Joe D’Amato
Writer: Joe D’Amato
Cast: Carla Solaro, Robert Madison, Sonia Topazio, David D’Ingeo, Linda Gucciardo, Claudio Kleen

DVD released: March 31st, 2009
Approximate running time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95

Synopsis: A T.V. network is desperate to find a replacement for their highly rated soap opera after its star leaves the show. The network entrusts the task of finding a new star for the series in the hands of their publicity man named Mike who comes up with an idea to have the public help them choose the actress they have been looking for. After an exhaustive search they discover a young woman named Patricia and with the help of Mike her transformation begins. Will Patricia embrace her newfound stardom or will the limelight leave her jaded?

Top Girl was written and directed by Joe D’Amato who began his career as cinematographer before making the shift into directing in the early 1970’s. During his peak as a director he directed such notable films like Death Smiled at Murder, Emanuelle in America, Emanuelle around the World, Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals, Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade and Beyond the Darkness. Joe D’Amato was also the cinematographer on Top Girl under the pseudo name “Fred Slonisko”.

Top Girl’s plot is simple and to the point. A small town girl with big dreams is discovered by a horny dude who is trying to make his way up the corporate ladder (laying all the women he can along the way). The sex scenes are not up to the level one would expect watching a Joe D’Amato film. The only real standout moment in the film is a scene where the film’s lead character Patricia strips teases in front of the camera. This moment is even recycled later in the film when Mike the man who discovered her realizes she is the girl for him. The plot for the most part muddles along and the ending is predictably sentimental.

Cast in the film’s lead role of Patricia is an actress named Carla Solaro who has only appeared in a handful of films which include three Tinto Brass films, Paprika, P.O. Box Tinto Brass and Black Angel and a Bruno Mattei film titled Snuff Trap. While she may look the part her acting even by soft core standards is extremely wooden. Other notable cast members include Robert Madison (The Card Player, Mother of Tears) and Sonia Topazio (The Stendhal Syndrome, Gaston Leroux’s The Wax Mask). Ultimately Top Girl is an uneventful film that even the most diehard Joe D’Amato fans will find a chore to get through.

The DVD:

Top Girl is presented in its original 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Colors and flesh tones fare well. Details do vary from crisp to a tad to soft. There is some mild print damage and noticeable edge enhancement.

This release comes with two audio options English and Italian. Both audio mixes are presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The English audio mixes exhibits some audio drop outs and distortion. Even though the Italian audio mix does at times sound muffled it fares better and sounds cleaner than the English audio mix. There are no English subtitles. This release comes with no extra content. Overall Top Girl gets a subpar DVD release.

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