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Blood Guts Bullets and Octane (1998)

Mark S. Allen , Max Ancar  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark S. Allen, Max Ancar, Josephine Arreola, Kellee Benedict, Dave Booth (II)
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783240244
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood Guts Bullets and Octane" on IMDb

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Movies are Worth Seeing More than Once June 11, 2002
While comparisons with movies directed by Tarantino are justified, I really felt that this flick stood on its own and was not excessively derivative.
The filmmakers did an excellent job of creating two realistic leading characters and giving them a plausible world to inhabit. The movie is by no means short of action, but does not use fist fights and car chases as a end in and of themselves, but rather uses them to advance the plot.
Roger Ebert roundly criticized the ending of this film, I believe using the expression, "An exercise in desperation," but I felt that the ending was both entirely appropriate for the setup leading up to it and original.
Blood Guts Bullets & Octane is an exciting movie that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys smart action movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goes a Long Way July 11, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is a good example of how someone can take a tiny budget, a fun idea, a skeletal story and a cast/crew of unknowns and whip together something fun and exciting. It's better than a lot of other action movies out there (although there are no typical ugly special affects, e.g., pyrotechnics, bullets bursting through bodies, etc.) The banter between the protagonists is a mixture of Quentin Tarrentino meets caffienated salesmen.
I don't know any of the cast, but most of them have lots of charisma.
Some may grouse that this movie was too self-conciously indie, too derivative of Resevoir Dogs or is just an ambitious person's calling card - but in my mind, it puts a lot of big movies to shame. It's certainly better than anything that goes direct to video.
If you wanted to improve this movie (remember, we're dealing with newbies here), the FBI personnel were used to tell the story. Their role as the storytellers was a little wooden, too obvious and not all that necessary - so I would trim their parts down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Butter Baby! February 9, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I see this movie listed as one of the best of indie-film for'99. I never heard of it, so I track it down, watch it and amsummarily blown away. Top-notch acting and directing (especially good is G-man Ken Rudulph and harried lemon-lot hustler Dan Leis as Bob) Strong recommendations from somebody who sees a lot of bad videos, this one is a rare bird, and great! END
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little Phenom March 17, 2000
Not much there in the way of budget and it shows, but boy does this little movie pack a wallop! The DVD is clean and grain-free and it helps when you can hear all of Carnahan's rude, abrasive, gut-busting dialogue. This one is a must for Indie film fans, a true breakout cult film, maybe the best since Repo Man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the Best Movie of the Year!!! September 13, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film at my local movie house. I must say it is one of the best films I've seen. The actors, the photography, and the high speed pace was unbelievable. And who can forget the "Man in Black", actor Michael Saumure, he was amazing. I can't wait to see what he does next.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious debut May 17, 2007
I've immensely enjoyed Joe Carnahan's other works, particularly Narc and Smokin' Aces, and count Narc as one of the very best crime dramas in recent memory. When I heard Carnahan had kicked off his career back in '98 by writing, directing, and starring in a low-budget indie in the vein of Robert Rodriguez' El Mariachi, I got stoked at the idea of what he could do with a small budget (less than $8,000) and complete creative control. So I popped in Blood Guts Bullets and Octane one day and prepared to drink in its indie goodness.

The result? A cocktail with the sweet flavor of ambition but the aftertaste of a Quentin Tarantino/David Mamet knock-off.

It's not that the dialogue doesn't work; if anything it works too much, is too frenetic, too hyper. Whereas early Tarantino and Mamet use language to explore human emotion and build character, Carnahan uses it to make his characters sound snappy and witty but without revealing any true depth. He seems willing to have the characters use as many words as possible to get their ideas across, trying to mask it as characterization. It's like asking your buddy what he wants on his pizza, and your buddy proceeds to itemize every topping imaginable and why pepperoni trumps them all. Dude, just say you want pepperoni and let's phone it in. It gets frustrating, for sure. The non-linear format of BGB&O is another nod to Tarantino. Carnahan has two or three storylines going, another tip of the hat to all the hip post-modern crime indies that cropped up after Tarantino hit the scene in '92. The acting is pretty solid, especially Carnahan himself, who has some surprising acting chops. His direction, along with his eye for stylized shots and skillful editing, prove to be the big strengths of the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Tarentino knockoff July 10, 2005
Oh, the long arm of Quentin Tarentino! How far and deep into the bowels of cinema does the mighty Tarentino reach? As far as the eye can see. As soon as "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" began reaching a wide audience, we started seeing the inevitable: the copycats. Yep, the copycats came out in full force with their own pictures embracing the "inimitable" Quentin Tarentino style. Movies with lengthy scenes of back and forth pseudo-intellectual and highly ironic dialogue, stylistic violence, and pop culture references galore started flooding the theaters and the shelves at the local video store. And I don't really have a problem with that. Tarentino is the first to admit that he's shamelessly cribbed from hundreds of low budget B movies from around the world, so more power to another filmmaker if he wants to steal from a ripoff artist. Besides, Hollywood is the home of the fast buck replication machine, wherein a successful idea arises and then is shamelessly exploited by others seeking to pay the mortgage on their fifteen-room mansion. Again, that isn't much of a problem. What I do mind, though, are derivative films that reek. O.K., not really, but SOMEONE probably hates them.

Fortunately, I firmly believe that Joe Carnahan's "Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane" does not stink in any way, shape, or form. Is it low budget cheap? You bet, but it's also hilarious in spots and ultimately entertaining. The film follows the misadventures of two inept used car salesmen named Sid French (Joe Carnahan himself) and Bob Melba (Dan Leis). As the picture opens, we see these two schmucks fast talking customers out in the lot. It's a hilarious scene that really captures the essence of how the public perceives the bottom feeders that sell used cars. Then the movie gets to the nitty gritty.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One wild roller coaster ride of a movie!
This is a movie that will keep you guessing as to what's going to happen next.Great Indy film that is full of twists and turns.I loved it!
Published on July 11, 2012 by J.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film because it's pure uninhibited Carnahan
Revisiting great directors early works is a study of pure artistry.

BGB & Octane is no exception, Carnahan is unfettered by obtuse studio executives and commercially... Read more
Published on July 2, 2012 by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Effort & Highly Entertaining
For a fast-talking, humorous, gunfight-fest action movie today, it is difficult NOT to take lessons from Scorsese, Tarantino or Guy Ritchie. Read more
Published on April 26, 2010 by Robert K.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun B Movie
How my ratings work:
5 - I really liked/loved it
4 - I liked it
3 - Could've been better/worth a look
2 - Just didn't live up to the potential
1 - Simply... Read more
Published on September 8, 2008 by Marty Kingsley
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
For an indie pic, this movie was a lot of fun. There's not a lot of production value and some of the acting could be described as wooden, if you're being generous. Read more
Published on May 3, 2007 by M. Kuffler
1.0 out of 5 stars 100 Words on "Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane"
"Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane" is a small, independent film full of guns, drugs, money and mystery that tries with all its might to be clever and hip. It doesn't succeed. Read more
Published on August 9, 2006 by John Weagly
1.0 out of 5 stars What are you people thinking?
This was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. It isn't "clever" dialogue that cracks me up but rather the horrendous film making. Read more
Published on November 29, 2004 by Sergei M. Eisenstein
1.0 out of 5 stars the blood, the guts, the bullets and the octane fall dead
I was expecting bigger and better things from writer and director Joe Carnahan because he did infact write and direct NARC! Read more
Published on July 12, 2004 by Michael Bolts
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Comedy Classic!!!
This comedy is undoubtedly a forgotten comedy classic about two used car salesmen who get into mischeif when they keeep a certain car on their lot.It's a must see!!
Published on December 26, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Loved the smart and witty dialogue. I recommend this to anyone who likes an off-the-beaten path type of movie. A little odd and a lot great.
Published on July 19, 2002 by Katy Danielson
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