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Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Roger Jacquet , Anne Cornaly , Robert Enrico    DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Roger Jacquet, Anne Cornaly, Anker Larsen, Stéphane Fey, Jean-François Zeller
  • Directors: Robert Enrico
  • Writers: Robert Enrico, Ambrose Bierce
  • Producers: Marcel Ichac, Paul de Roubaix
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Monterey Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 28 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000286RQG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,997 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge. 12 Feb 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
A Southern man is about to be hanged from Owl Creek Bridge for allegedly performing sabotage during the Civil War. When the plank is lifted and he drops to his fate, he miraculously finds that the rope breaks and he plummets into the water below, freeing himself from his shackles and evading the shooting soldiers, he begins a desperate journey to get to his loved one.

Stunning, both in execution of a short film and in the story itself. Directed by Robert Enrico, who adapts from Ambrose Bierce's brilliant story, "Rivière du hibou, La" is a haunting, almost ethereal short, that is awash with visual flourishes and an ending that lingers long and stark for the interested viewer. From a slowly sinking boot in the river, to a spider on its web {brilliantly setting up the next scene of Peyton Farquhar coming to the surface}, this piece is a treasure begging to be viewed by as many more people as possible. Sadly we have yet to get a DVD transfer to do it justice, but at last it is now accessible for those willing to give it a spin. It can even be found on the DVD for Rod Serling's feature film, Patterns, because Serling of course was a big fan and featured it in his marvellous Twilight Zone anthology show.

See it and you wont be disappointed. 9/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Cuthbo
I bought this a couple of years ago and the copy of the film is so poor that it is almost impossible to watch. Out of focus, washed out and looking like it was copied from a VHS tape. Maybe they've improved it over the intervening years but I doubt it.

Much better to go to and buy "La riviere du hibou". You then get as good a print as you're likely to see together with 2 other Robert Enrico films, "L'Oiseau Moqueur" and "Chickamauga".
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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Oscar-winning film! 25 Aug 2004
By Harold Lohner - Published on
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD (which I'm returning) contains a very poor, degraded copy of the Oscar-winning film, as editted, dubbed and re-titled for "The Twilight Zone." The lack of the ORIGINAL film (not repackaged for TZ), or any of the original credits makes me seriously question whether this is even an authorized release. Only the TZ-style onscreen credits remain. Very disappointing presentation of what is otherwise a beautiful film.
53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest adaptations of American Literature ever! 9 July 2002
By Anthony Scheinman - Published on
Format:VHS Tape
This French short film, which was nominated for and WON both the Cannes Film Festival Award and an Academy Award, brings Ambrose Bierce's short story to life in a powerful way. With very little dialogue, this film, while discarding Bierce's explanation of how Peyton Farquhar was captured and sentenced to hang as a spy (and which actually is not necessary, in my opinion), depends on the visual rather than the spoken and succeeds admirably! The film may last less than half an hour, but in that time the viewer is rivetted not only by Roger Jacquet's performance as the condemned man but also by the beautiful scenery, the tight editing and just the right pacing of the action (the music, especially the slow lovely ballad "A Livin' Man", sung in the style of the Old Southern spirituals, also sticks with the viewer). The twist ending (which is worthy of the best TWILIGHT ZONE episodes [which, by the way, this film was used for in the fifth and final season of that wonderful series]), made me actually catch my breath, more than when I actually read ths original story. I heartily recommend this film not just for literature-lovers and film buffs but also for anyone with a love of the unusual and mysterious.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars complete restored version available from Amazon France 26 Aug 2009
By Jim Quist - Published on
Format:DVD sells a DVD of this under the title "La Riviere du Hibou". It contains not only the film "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" but the adaptations of two other Ambrose Bierce short stories, "Chickamauga" and "The Mocking-Bird". All three are by the same director, and these form the trilogy from which The Twilight Zone derived a slightly edited version of "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" for American television audiences. Thanks to Warner Home Video, you can now watch the entire trilogy.

The good news: the audio is in English (the inner voices of characters are in French, but in Occurrence these are very brief and unobtrusive), the French subtitles are removable. The sound and picture have been digitally restored, the sound quality is very good, the picture quality is excellent, stunning in places. "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is presented in it's original full length, with the original French title sequence. You have never seen this film look this good.

The bad news, you'll need a multiregion player to watch it on, it's a Region 2 PAL disk. And this DVD will cost you a bit more.

Buying from is simple, you use the same login as your account here, plus you can use the Google translator to get through the French menus if you are unsure. But it's easy, English is often just French pronounced poorly.

If you are not so adventurous, by all means petition Warner Home Video to release this DVD here. Very, very little work would need to be done to ready this DVD for the North American market, and based on the passionate comments about this film here, there may indeed be a strong market for it.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Maury Haymore - Published on
Format:VHS Tape
I am 36 years old. I read the book and saw the movie when I was in the 9th grade. I am ordering the book here on line and have not seen the movie since then. The fact that I remember this story so well after all of these years should be proof enough that it is truely a work of art. It served our class as the perfect forum for discussion, and a fine example of literary expertise. Though it is a very short work, it captures all of the power, suspense and drama of a feature length film. A GREAT STORY!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC! 21 Jan 2006
This IS a classic short film. One that should be shown in all FILM schools/classes to students of the art of cinematic storytelling! BUT, this DVD version is disgusting! The beautiful (original)monochrone is marred by a SLOPPY tranfer. It is all but unwatchable. The people who released this version are no friends of cinema! SHAME ON YOU! This warrents a prestine viewable copy. I give this 5 stars only because I have seen it on it's first showing many years ago and the film is BEAUTIFUL! But, not in this dreadful release! Again, SHAME ON YOU releasing this crappy rip-off! Horrible!
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