House of Cards 2 Seasons 2013

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Season 1
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1. Chapter 1 AGES_18_AND_OVER

After he's denied the job of secretary of state by the newly elected president, Congressman Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) plots his revenge, aided by his loyalists on Capitol Hill and a brash young newspaper reporter who will stop at nothing to promote her own career.

Starring:
Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright
Runtime:
53 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Chapter 1

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director David Fincher
Starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright
Supporting actors Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly, Constance Zimmer
Season year 2013
Network Netflix
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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43 of 45 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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105 of 113 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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Fleur on 6 Mar 2014
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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 By H. G. Shearring on 31 Mar 2014
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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 December Hare on 22 Dec 2013
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Wow. This is a US remake of the 1990's BBC classic starring Ian Richardson, which was adapted for TV from the novel by Michael Dobbs M.P.

Francis Underwood [Kevin Spacey] and his wife are a modern day Macbeth and Lady Macbeth pairing, plotting their way up the greasy pole by trading favours, arm twisting, and by deploying the general all round Machiavellian manoeuvring you expect from politicians, except that as the series progresses you realise that F.U thinks like a chess Grandmaster relative to all the other amateur players around him.

This is a great adaptation, with characters you will loathe and also sympathise for - sometimes the same character; the story does not stick too closely to the UK version but is close enough that you can guess what is going to happen next which does ruin things a little. A little.

For those of you who worry that US remakes often stray wide of the Mark [Life on Mars] - be reassured, this one finds its target. As to whether the season ends like the BBC version with a particular reporter being flung by FU off the top of a building....' You may think that, I couldn't possibly comment'.

Happy, uncomfortable viewing.
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