House of Cards - Season 1 2013

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House of Cards is a political drama series that slithers behind the curtain of power, sex, ambition, love, greed and corruption in modern Washington D.C. An uncompromising exploration of power, ambition and the American way, the series orbits Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), the House Majority Whip. Underwood is the politician‚s politician ‚ masterful, beguiling, charismatic and ruthless. He and his equally ambitious wife Claire (Robin Wright) stop at nothing to ensure their ascendancy.

Starring:
Sakina Jaffrey, Corey Stoll
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • House of Cards - Season 1 - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • House of Cards - Season 1 - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • House of Cards - Season 1 - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
  • House of Cards - Season 1 - Disc 4 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 18 minutes
Starring Sakina Jaffrey, Corey Stoll, Kate Mara, Kevin Spacey, Michael Kelly, Robin Wright
Director David Fincher
Genres Drama
Studio SONY PICTURES
Rental release 8 July 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • House of Cards - Season 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • House of Cards - Season 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • House of Cards - Season 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
  • House of Cards - Season 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 4 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 18 minutes
Starring Sakina Jaffrey, Corey Stoll, Kate Mara, Kevin Spacey, Michael Kelly, Robin Wright
Director David Fincher
Genres Drama
Studio SONY PICTURES
Rental release 8 July 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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116 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 April 2013
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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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 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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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Fleur on 6 Mar. 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Edwards on 1 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
First and foremost, the performances in this series are first class and everyone involved is utterly convincing and a joy to watch. It goes without saying that both Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are excellent; they both manage to bring definite depth to their characters and allow us certain moments of sympathy, when they're not busy scheming and doing all sorts of eyebrow-raising stuff. Kevin Spacey's looks/speeches to camera are also wonderful and sometimes hilarious; it gives the series somewhat of a theatrical feel, though over-dependency on this technique in future episodes could prove to be a hindrance.
In addition to this, "House of Cards" also boasts strong supporting performances; including Michael Kelly as Spacey's loyal and suitably sinister right-hand man Doug Stamper as well as Kate Mara's ambitious and determined young reporter ZoŽ Barnes.
Perhaps most noteworthy though is Peter Russo, played by Corey Stoll. He brings heart to the series through his portrayal of the somewhat naive pawn that is used in Frank Underwood's "master plan". His transition through the series, from flawed, broken man to strong, confident politician, is mesmerising and his relationship with Christina Gallagher (Kristen Connolly) is also perfectly played.

"House of Cards" sports a very clever, interesting script and it definitely makes a certain effort to appeal to those who are perhaps unfamiliar with the American political system. For the most part, it is a series that requires full concentration, lest you miss certain key plot points, but there is definitely enough in the series to keep the audience entertained throughout.
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