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House of Cards: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]

Michael Kelly , Kevin Spacey    Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
Price: £33.66 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Actors: Michael Kelly, Kevin Spacey
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 674 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BC5FN2C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,070 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the British series of the same name, which in turn was based on the book by Michael Dobbs, House Of Cards is the kind of series that immediately grabs attention simply by the nature of who's involved with it. With Fight Club and Se7en director David Fincher behind the camera, and Kevin Spacey leading an excellent cast in front of it, there's a real calibre to the talent here.

The story has changed a little, inevitably, as it now spans 13 episodes. Now set in the US, this take on the story follows Congressman Francis Underwood, played by Spacey, as he uses a mixture of tactics to try and work his way to the top. Set against the political shadows of Washington D.C., it's a gripping drama and an intelligent one, that's fleshed out exceptionally well. The glee, though, comes from seeing just what the underhand Underwood will try next. It's tremendous drama.

The series was originally released in one go via streaming services, but the disc presentation is excellent. Special features are in short supply, but it's the kind of box set that pretty much demands to be devoured. Distinct from the British version, but very much built from the same DNA, this is intelligent television, that just happens to boast Kevin Spacey's best screen role in a long, long time. --Jon Foster


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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Begets Power 14 Jun 2013
Format:DVD
The future is now, that is according to popular downloadable TV services. Why wait a week for your TV fix, when you can grab an entire series in one go. Boxset fans have known about this for years, readily absorbing entire runs of a show in a weekend, rather than waiting until 9pm on Thursdays. `House of Cards' promises to be the future, yet here we find it out on boxset, the place we all know and love. Show run by David Fincher `Cards' is very well shot and the HD version of the physical medium is the best option, but what of the show?

Kevin Spacey plays Francis Underwood, a Machiavellian politician who even The Prince would be wary around. He uses his political and none political influences to steer the President, Senate and Congress to his way of thinking. Over the course of a series he pulls the strings of power leaving him on the precipice of great things. Here is a man willing to do anything to gain power, but behind every great man is a greater woman, in this case Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). She has her own agenda as well as selling the Underwood brand. As a couple that make Macbeth and his Lady look like the amateurs they were, can they succeed where the Scottish Play did not?

`Cards' is an incredibly intense and rich viewing experience. The acting, writing and direction are all top-notch and leave you clamouring for more as every episode ends. Spacey is charming as Frank, a horrible man, but someone I really wanted to see succeed. He appears to show us the true face of many politicians. It would not matter where a show like `Cards' starts off its broadcasting life as it is the quality of talent that matters. Anytime, anywhere `House of Cards' would be great telly.
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105 of 113 people found the following review helpful
By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
From what I remember of the 1990 BBC version of House of Cards, this one is spiritually faithful but sufficiently different to make watching both a satisfying experience. The central dynamics remain - the sociopathic politician whose asides to the audience reveal the Machiavellian nature of his schemes & the extent of his contempt for those around him, like a predator curling up its nose at its prey; his equally ruthless wife, for whom getting her own way is justified by virtually any means; the naive yet ambitious journalist who lets Underwood manipulate her in exchange for career progression; and occasionally they even slip in that tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement of hypocrisy, the memorable mantra 'you may think so but I couldn't possibly comment'. Indeed, the opening credits cite Michael Dobbs (writer of the original novels) & Andrew Davies (who adapted them for UK screens) as being Executive Producers for this series.

Nevertheless, transplanting the story to the good old US of A with its different political system has ensured this series is very different from the British one. This newer version is more visually striking, no doubt due to the reigns being held by David Fincher, director of aesthetically bold Hollywood films including Fight Club. Fincher decided to work on an ongoing series because of its greater scope for character development & analysis, which this setup delivers in spades. Fincher previously worked with Spacey in Seven & has gotten a superb performance out of him here.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spacey Does It Again 6 Mar 2014
By Fleur
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
At first, I was a little sceptical whether this American version of "House Of Cards" would be a poor rehash of the earlier extraordinary TV series starring Ian Richardson. I thought our version could not be topped. However, whilst both series are set in the world of politics, this new series had me gripped very quickly and stands on its own merits, due to great writing but the fantastic acting skills of Mr Can't-Put-A-Foot-Wrong Kevin Spacey and the rest of the cast. I cannot recommend this series highly enough - great viewing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This House is Jerry-built 31 Mar 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The British thriller starring Ian Richardson and set in Whitehall and Westminster has been parachuted into Washington DC. Not entirely succcessfully. Unless one is familiar with the American form of government something gets lost in the translation. Brits knew where the characters fitted into our system and could, therefore, relate to them. This need not have been a major problem had the US plot been tighter. The UK plot was clear-cut and logical. It moved steadily towards the goal. This US series lacks pace. Kevin Spacey is a fine actor but, by Disc3, does one really care any more what happens to him? Robin Wright, as his wife, plays a character who makes Lady Macbeth seem cuddly - yet it is a two-dimensional character; a one-note instrument. I suspect this series will indeed appeal to Americans but, for me at least, it was a disappointment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
House of Cards DVD coverUsually I'm not that much of a fan of American remakes of shows or films first made elsewhere. That is both because it as shame that many Americans often seem only to appreciate a brilliant plot or amazing writing if it's given an American context, but also because the remakes are often so poor compared to the originals.

So I was rather slow to get round to watching the American remake of House of Cards, especially as Ian Richardson was so amazing in the lead role of the original that it was hard for me to imagine anyone else ever matching up to him.

But I was wrong. Kevin Spacey is up to the task. What's more, actors, writers, directors, camera and lighting folk all are superb in the US remake - and the opening credits sequence, with its use of a slowed down trumpet and the digital removal of people from the footage to give Washington DC an impersonal air, is a masterpiece.

Brilliant fun to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Only bought this to see if it was as good as English version and it is.
Published 12 hours ago by Derek Bullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Political Drama
A really good and gripping series if you are in to politics at all. Kevin Spacey is brilliant. I won't say that it is better than the original UK House of Cards which I've... Read more
Published 1 day ago by John Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars He enjoyed it. Arrived on time and was well packaged
Bought for my hubby. He enjoyed it. Arrived on time and was well packaged.
Published 3 days ago by Jennifer Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
Cannot wait to get season 2 - very entertaining.
Published 5 days ago by Carol Sloots-Majumdar
5.0 out of 5 stars The best political drama ever made!
A friend recommended this series to me so I purchased the box set rather than subscribe to Netflix & sooo glad I did. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Karon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
Brilliant series. Highly recommend it. Spacey is superb. Bought series 2 straight away.
Published 12 days ago by Des Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant.
Absolutely brilliant. Every facet of this show from direction to acting to script is superb. It's a testament to all three that you are rooting for this incredible anti hero to... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Sanah Faridi
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story-telling, cleverly revealed with twist after twist
Captivating stuff. Great story-telling, cleverly revealed with twist after twist. Excellent performances. Spacey is tremendous if utterly dislikeable.
Published 15 days ago by Pádraig Cusack
1.0 out of 5 stars Defective CD set.
The first CD was faulty with the movement of the image often stopping, blocking and the image breaking up. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Leonard Hopwood
1.0 out of 5 stars Not enough time to read wording. Trying to cope ...
Not enough time to read wording. Trying to cope with speach as well hopeless.doubt whether I will complete
Watching. English version real class. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jeffery Brett
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