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House Of Cards - Season 1 (DVD + UV Copy)

Kevin Spacey , Robin Wright    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Kristen Connolly, Kate Mara
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2013
  • Run Time: 463 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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All 13 episodes from the first series of the US political drama starring Kevin Spacey. Based on the novel by Michael Dobbs and the subsequent BBC adaptation of the book, the series follows Francis Underwood (Spacey), the House Majority Whip who, despite his position of authority, is gravely dissatisfied. Fuelled by a sense of ambition matched and encouraged by his wife Claire (Robin Wright), Francis ultimately wants to be president and is embittered by the fact that he has recently been denied a promotion. Armed with an arsenal of political secrets to match anyone in Washington, Francis sets out to scheme and blackmail his way to the top.

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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful
By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Begets Power 14 Jun 2013
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Spacey 9 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
House of Cards was a good viewing experience. The American slant on the old British series was interesting and enlightening for someone who knows nothing about US political life. Well acted by all and especially Kevin Spacey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars House Of Cards 1 April 2014
By Tony H
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not sure if I am reviewing this as a physical item or as a movie critique. As far as the DVD goes, then it plays fine and also has, importantly for me, hard-of hearing subtitles. I find I need these for most drama and all American drama. As a movie, I have to say I am somewhat disappointed. After the rave reviews in the press I expected something exceptional especially with Kevin Spacey - a particular favourite of ours.Unfortunately, he can't quite pull-off the subtle manoeuvrings as did the unforgettable Ian Richardson did in the original version. Kevin Spacey's character seems rather ordinarily American with the scheming very much "on the surface". The storylines we also found rather turgid and heavy-going. I'm not sure either that Kevin Spacey's lines, as an aside, direct to camera come off. Worth a watch but it makes me want to see the original again.
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92 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nasty people 8 Mar 2013
I have the original BBC series of the same name on DVD. There is no connection between the two, except the name. Every character in "House of cards-USA" is an irredeemable, amoral, nasty, self-obsessed, insanely driven and selfish monster who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. Normal rules of civilisation do not apply. A Wife is fully cognisant of her husband's affair and even approves as the affair may help achieve a goal. Murder is carried out to avoid bad publicity. Power of high office is used almost arbitrarily to crush human obstacles. The glib acceptance of this sociopathic behaviour by the main characters as normal is one of the most striking and well-written aspects of each episode. The incessant and unrelenting tsunami of vile people doing vile things to each other and to innocent bystanders never becomes wearying. The portrayal of the most powerful people in the land as being the most corrupt is an old story but has rarely been told so well. Kevin Spacey will undoubtedly acquire the acting awards here. His character makes my skin crawl, such is the ferocity of the performance. He rarely raises his voice but he is a smiling, softly-spoken, southern gentleman and savage predator. In short, I absolutely loved every episode and I look forward to the next series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into it at all
Maybe it was my fault, as I'd just finished watching the Breaking Bad Box set before starting with this. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Really enjoyed watching this series, it keeps you on your toes all the way through, can't wait for season 2.
Published 1 day ago by SJS
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT_GREAT_GREAT(even better than UK original)
love the acting,think that Kevin Spacey is great,plot beautifully adapted,what bmore could one want.

See above it says it all.
Published 3 days ago by louis james fleury
3.0 out of 5 stars house of cards
The house of cards came quickly but the packaging was damaged in the corner and on opening it the box was a little damaged and rattled ,when we opened that one of the discs was... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Gwen Perkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Grippiing Saga Spoiler by the use of inappropriate Language
On my Sony Blu-Ray player and television, this HD version brought the series to life. A storyline based loosely on the British mini-series which was itself masterful in its... Read more
Published 7 days ago by M. C. PETER
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ...
Fascinating, spellbinding great American show ... Kevin Spacey is superb ... I love this series and will watch it again and again ..
Published 8 days ago by Cinders
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect transatlantic transition
When I first learned about a US version of this classic British political drama, I did wonder how well it would work. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Chris Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series eagerly awaited
Prompt and to the point this DVD set came speedily and immaculately packed to provide entertainment of a high level and up to expectations.
Published 11 days ago by Peter Wenban
4.0 out of 5 stars US Update
Watched the original UK version many years ago. Enjoyed the update. Sufficiently Machiavellian to keep the viewer engaged and intrigued.
Published 11 days ago by J. A. West
5.0 out of 5 stars World class drama
THis is a world class drama. Kevin Spacey at his ultimate best. Robyn Wright Penn is an amazing actress and plays such a diversity of roles - this being one of her best.
Published 11 days ago by F. T. O'donnell
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