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House of Cards: Season 1 (2013)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (857 customer reviews)

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  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 675 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (857 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BC5I6Q2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Francis Underwood is Majority Whip. He has his hands on every secret in politics - and is willing to betray them all to become President. Kevin Spacey stars in this Netflix original Drama series.

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407 of 428 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And You Thought "The Exorcist" Was Scary February 16, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
"West Wing" gave viewers a taste of a White House populated by government folk who fought the good fight and had its citizenry foremost in their concerns. No such luck here. In this outing, the people of the United States barely exist in the minds of government. They are fodder for those seeking to gain, or seeking to stay in, power.

Here's the scoop. Kevin Spacey plays congressman Frank Underwood, a very bright, savvy individual who knows his way around Capitol Hill. He knows how to get things done because he knows what's in people's souls and how to play them to his advantage. His wife, Claire (Robin Wright) heads up a a more socially conscious organization in the private sector but is no less addicted to power than her husband. They have a peculiar relationship to say the least. This is almost a diary of the various 'projects' in which they are involved and how they play them, even when unforeseen things happen.

This is some ugly, scary stuff. In my heart of hearts I don't want to believe this view of our government, but I fear it is probably a closer take on reality than is "The West Wing." The manipulation of people, the press and other politicians will make you puke in your shorts. The relationship between Frank and Claire alone can only make me wonder what world they must have lived in as children that allowed them to grow up in a way that would make them think behavior like this was Okay.

David Fincher (one of my favorite directors) helmed the first 2 episodes and well establishes the color and tone for the rest of the series. There is a greenish pallor to it which gives it a sickly feel. All the acting is top shelf and a fleet of veterans are on hand to insure that. The directing is good. The writing is exceptional.
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140 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Machiavelli goes to Washington February 15, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Kevin Spacey shines as congressman Francis Underwood. A modern day Machiavelli. There is no good and evil in the world of politics, only power. Netflix hit a homerun with this series. An outstanding cast, script, and direction. David Fincher's brilliance shines through in this look at the interworkings of U.S. politics. With some dark twists and turns and a nuanced look at people's ambitions and fears, House of Cards stands stronger than its title'd metaphor. Robin Wright as Claire Underwood is excellent and at times more cunning than her husband. Kate Mara shows great promise as an up and coming reporter looking for a fresh scoop. The rest of the cast is also very strong. Not a weak character or element to the show. My wife and I devoured the entire season in less than a week. Highly recomend.
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96 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive March 2, 2013
Format:DVD
Don't start watching this series unless you have a free weekend, because you may want to have a marathon viewing. This is one of the most addictive series I have viewed.

The premise is great: Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is promised the Secretary of State position in thanks for helping to get a new president elected. Once elected, the new president conveniently changes his mind and doesn't even bother to meet with Underwood to tell him. He lets his chief of staff notify Underwood he has been passed over, and asks for his continued support of the president in the Congress as Majority Whip. Underwood promises his support, but lets us, the audience, know differently.

Now the fun begins. The joy of this series is seeing how Underwood continually outwits and outmaneuvers other politicians who seem just as integrity-challenged as him, but less bright. And because Underwood has been skewered by the Prez and his team, you really don't mind when Underwood acts in a Machiavellian manner to get the better of them.

Kevin Spacey is mesmeric as Frank Underwood. The casting is superb. The dialogue is intelligent and inspired. You can't wait to see what schemes Underwood has concocted each episode and how they are going to play out. If this series is fairly true to life, no wonder our government is in the mess it is in right now.

Hope Netflix continues to create original, quality drama such as this show. HOUSE OF CARDS is only going to increase in popularity as more people watch it. Looking forward to season 2 of this series.
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97 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing first season. February 9, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
The show premiered all at once and awed me enough to get me to watch the entire season with very little breaks between episodes. I highly recommend this and will purchase it on Blu-ray, despite being able to watch it on Netflix. The cast is fantastic, with Kevin Spacey nailing his role as the smart and evil Francis Underwood, the series is also well written and has enough twists to shock you.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 3, 2013
Format:DVD
This is one of the best shows I have seen in recent times. The acting is Academy Award caliber. Kevin Spacey's performance is outstanding. He delivers the best performance I have ever seen in a series made for TV (or Nextflix, in this particular case). Others have gone into some detail on what the show is about so I won't repeat the same in my short review here. I highly recommend this show and I am sure you will be blown away by it. Make sure you have some free time as the watching experience gets addictive. You will probably want to finish seeing the whole season in one shot. It starts out a bit slow but it gets better very fast. I think Netflix really hit the nail right on the head with this great show. I highly recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, terrible video production
All scenes are too dark. Even day light scenes are hard to see.. I tried various player equipment with the same result. No more Netflix movies.
Published 1 hour ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality TV?
This could be a reality TV series, as the show depicts how Washington D.C. really operates! I like to think there is a little bit more representation of the people, but I highly... Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Dave Sarver
3.0 out of 5 stars Original British Version Far Superior
The original version, with Ian Richardson, is much better. It's more subtle and engrossing. The Kevin Spacey version is to House of Cards as the American version of The Killing is... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Resistance may just be futile!?
Great acting and generally great story line, though things get more and more difficult to swallow as the first season unfolds. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Daniel Fraga
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!
Love this series. Can't wait to watch more. Kevin Spacey is a genius! This is so realistic as to what happens in DC. Ugh....politics!
Published 20 hours ago by Alaine Supel
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding!
This show is masterful. I enjoy watching every minute even when I am angry with the actions of the characters! Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Mary k OBrien
4.0 out of 5 stars House of Cards
We were very pleased with this program. We watched it in two days, tried to stretch it our for our enjoyment. Worth the price....
Published 1 day ago by pat
4.0 out of 5 stars House of Cards Season 1
Keeping in mind that this is a fictional story I enjoyed watching the intrigue and interaction of the characters. Sound and video was good. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gondola Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Very scary
Kevin Spacy is wonderful in this roll, very believable but conniving and cunning. Robin Wright as his wife follows his footsteps as a beautiful but calculating woman. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tim Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars can't miss this series
Incredible acting and drama and suspense. I will order the next year and the year after when possible.
extraordinary writing.
Published 2 days ago by Jan bullock
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Special Features?
Not really, although one episode in Season Two begins with a mock-TV attack ad that sounds as though it could have been funded by the Koch Brothers and is just as witty, unfair and infuriating. The story of how those ads were funded belongs to HOC alone, though.

It does seem odd to me... Read more
23 days ago by Allen Smalling |  See all 2 posts
Biased or "bipartisan"?
The series is fabulous. Both major US parties don't come out of this showing with clean hands. If anything, it shows the Democrats in a very poor light.

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Jan 4, 2014 by barry david harris |  See all 9 posts
Peter Russo and the prostitute angle - did I miss something?
I think Doug did not realize that she was working on Frank's behest. I think he thought she was just working there, and in his naive mind did not even fathom that Frank would be putting her up to this to just destroy him.
Sep 3, 2013 by Gary Anderson |  See all 4 posts
A NETFLIX original series?
Not really. A lot of movie actors are getting into television now because TV shows have some of the best writing going. Shows like Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy (although it's got it's ridiculous moments), Walking Dead, Mad Men, etc are showing that the writing and story telling on television... Read more
Sep 3, 2013 by Gary Anderson |  See all 2 posts
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