BN.com Gift Guide

House of Cards Trilogy

( 6 )

Overview

Witness the backstabbing efforts of Machiavellian Chief Whip Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson) as he schemes to get to the top of the House of Parliament and avoid the all-seeing eye of reporter Mattie Storin (Susannah Harker) in BBC Home Video's release of the popular House of Cards series. Each volume is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and accompanied by audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Stereo. Bonus materials include an interview with writer Andrew ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (8) from $19.02   
  • New (1) from $31.88   
  • Used (7) from $19.02   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$31.88
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(908)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand New item! Ships from California. Tracking will be provided for every domestic order within the USA.

Ships from: Shepherdsville, KY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

Witness the backstabbing efforts of Machiavellian Chief Whip Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson) as he schemes to get to the top of the House of Parliament and avoid the all-seeing eye of reporter Mattie Storin (Susannah Harker) in BBC Home Video's release of the popular House of Cards series. Each volume is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and accompanied by audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Stereo. Bonus materials include an interview with writer Andrew Davies.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Closed Caption; Andrew Davies discusses the controversy surrounding To Play the King with Sue Lawley on the BBC's Biteback; Cast and crew biographies
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A modern-day Richard III leaves a trail of corpses in his never-ending quest for power in the House of Cards trilogy, three top-notch tales adapted by the BBC from Michael Dobbs's bestselling novels. The first and best of the series is House of Cards, a sophisticated political thriller that follows the rise to power of Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson), a conservative chief whip who uses a secret liaison with Mattie Storin (Susannah Harker), an attractive young journalist, to help him become prime minister in post-Thatcher 1990s England. Richardson turns in a masterful performance, often speaking directly to the camera as he conjures a larger-than-life politician whose brilliance is matched only by his glee at the public manipulations, private subterfuge -- and murder -- involved in his Machiavellian ambitions. The second series, To Play the King, finds Urquhart comfortably in power, bedding another young and beautiful protégée (Kitty Aldridge) but clashing with the newly crowned king (a thinly veiled caricature of the current Prince of Wales). And The Final Cut finds Urquhart more than a decade into his stewardship of the realm, sparking a Falklands-style conflict in Cyprus to hold on to his job, even as he's dogged by some decades-old skeletons. While To Play the King and The Final Cut veer a bit toward melodrama instead of cloak-and-dagger thrills, the force of Richardson's Mephistophelean presence remains undiminished. Richardson's Urquhart is an archetypal seducer, and while the father/daughter relationship in House of Cards is the most intriguing (in bed, Mattie calls Urquhart "Daddy"), each of the two sequels involves a similar sexual conquests. Politically, screenwriter Andrew Davies's liberalism makes the entire series significantly less sympathetic to the Tory agenda than were the novels of the conservative Dobbs. But political agendas ultimately take a backseat to the rampant political wheeling and dealing -- and to that titillating, incestuous mix of business and pleasure. The result is an utterly engrossing walk down rat-infested subterranean corridors of power -- part Shakespeare, part Woodward and Bernstein, and devilish fun through and through.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • UPC: 794051176523
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 10:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Side #1 -- House of Cards
1. Opening Titles [1:18]
2. A Loyal Servant [3:51]
3. Election Night [5:40]
4. Charlie [5:09]
5. No Changes [6:03]
6. Mattie Storin [7:50]
7. Leadership Crisis [2:50]
8. Naughty Habits [4:06]
9. Question Time [5:08]
10. Leaks [3:20]
11. Scandal [5:41]
12. A Liability [4:44]
1. Opening Titles [2:09]
2. Going, Going, Gone [3:12]
3. Man of Straw [5:19]
4. A Small Delivery Job [3:37]
5. Cocaine in the Morning [5:25]
6. Patrick Wood [4:22]
7. A Real Conversation [6:10]
8. Cocktail Party [4:59]
9. A Personal Attack [5:57]
10. Pique and Panic [4:06]
11. Inside Information [4:35]
12. Allegations and Proof [7:07]
1. Opening Titles [1:32]
2. A Short Statement [2:44]
3. A Proper Sendoff [6:17]
4. Daddy [5:49]
5. Interesting Times [5:01]
6. Just a Back Room Boy [2:26]
7. Visiting Charlie [5:55]
8. A Threat [5:36]
9. Trust [4:09]
10. Conspiracy Theories [5:41]
11. A Great Surprise [4:08]
12. Penny Talks [7:18]
1. Opening Titles [1:33]
2. 4:00 in the Afternoon [3:29]
3. Rent Boy [4:53]
4. Everybody's Daddy [6:24]
5. In Congress [6:19]
6. Trust Me [2:43]
7. Sir Roger O'Neill [6:29]
8. Act of Mercy [3:59]
9. The Laughing Ghost [3:37]
10. Two Days More [5:20]
11. 0-7-0-3 [6:31]
12. The Roof Garden [6:04]
Side #2 -- To Play the King
1. Opening Titles [1:06]
2. God Save the King [4:18]
3. A Good Man [4:31]
4. A Short Sharp Shock [3:23]
5. Using Him [4:28]
6. Mrs. Harding [7:29]
7. Regal Insurance [4:35]
8. Disappointed [4:48]
9. No Home to Go To [6:50]
10. Surgical Emasculation [3:49]
11. As Written [5:39]
12. Bring Him Down [2:40]
1. Opening Titles [1:52]
2. General Election [4:29]
3. Stamper [2:51]
4. At Buckingham Palace [3:59]
5. Poll Results [7:47]
6. Indecent Exposure [3:49]
7. Soup [5:00]
8. Car Bomb [5:03]
9. Strong Leadership [6:42]
10. Bullying [3:37]
11. Who Is Mattie Storin? [6:47]
12. A Bit of Mischief [1:43]
1. Opening Titles [1:48]
2. Visit to the Palace [6:01]
3. The King's Broadcast [3:08]
4. 10 Downing Street [4:05]
5. Nothing Lasts Forever [4:56]
6. Listening In [5:51]
7. No Rest for the Wicked [4:06]
8. Staines [5:07]
9. Private Lives [4:57]
10. John Krajewski [3:17]
11. Sensation of the Century! [6:46]
12. Glass Palaces [4:26]
1. Opening Titles [1:50]
2. To Fight a King [3:56]
3. Events [4:07]
4. David Mycroft [6:29]
5. Kidnapping [4:20]
6. The Nationwide Tour [3:54]
7. Interview [5:58]
8. Six Days to Go [6:03]
9. Street Theatre [2:48]
10. Betrayal [4:35]
11. Election Day [4:23]
12. The Monarchy [7:06]
Side #3 -- The Final Cut
1. Opening Titles [1:36]
2. State Funeral [4:32]
3. Poor Betsy [4:48]
4. Cyprus [4:57]
5. The Urquhart Trust [4:30]
6. Tom and Claire [4:48]
7. Self Defense [4:21]
8. Hospital [4:15]
9. Death or Retirement [5:06]
10. Happy Birthday [3:49]
11. Birthday Party [3:14]
12. Claire Carlsen [4:19]
1. Opening Titles [:42]
2. Memorial [5:37]
3. Stock Tips and Adultery [5:18]
4. Private Secretary [5:14]
5. The Safe Thing [2:26]
6. Let This Cool Off [4:37]
7. Pension Plan [5:04]
8. Betraying Tom [4:06]
9. Fear [2:58]
10. Unfinished Business [4:22]
11. One Language [6:09]
12. The Last Straw [4:58]
1. Opening Titles [:57]
2. Bad Dreams [3:01]
3. One for the Road [7:24]
4. Savage Him [4:04]
5. Disappointing News [5:44]
6. A Murderer [6:06]
7. Man to Man [2:36]
8. One Big Puddle [5:31]
9. These Things Happen [4:19]
10. All the Way [3:37]
11. Goodbye Tom [4:28]
12. Our Falklands [4:11]
1. Opening Titles [1:00]
2. Act of Aggression [3:39]
3. A Small War [5:01]
4. Building Bridges [7:04]
5. Swindled [3:22]
6. Above Spilia Village [4:25]
7. Abducted [6:11]
8. By Any Means Necessary [4:07]
9. The Death of a Child [5:06]
10. Rule of Law [4:59]
11. They Were Mine [3:27]
12. Margaret Thatcher Day [3:36]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Side #1 -- House of Cards
   Play All
   Biographies
      Ian Richardson (Francis Urquhart)
      Susannah Harker (Mattie Storin)
      Miles Anderson (Roger O'Neill)
      David Lyon (Henry Collingridge)
      Alphonsia Emmanuel (Penny Guy)
      James Villiers (Charles Collingridge)
      Nicholas Selby (Lord Billsborough)
      Diane Fletcher (Elizabeth Urquhart)
      Paul Seed (Director)
      Andrew Davies (Screenplay)
      Michael Dobbs (Novel)
   Episode: One
      Play Episode
      Chapter Index
   Episode: Two
      Play Episode
      Chapter Index
   Episode: Three
      Play Episode
      Chapter Index
   Episode: Four
      Play Episode
      Chapter Index
Side #2 -- To Play the King
   Play All
   Special Features
      Biteback
      Cast Biographies
         Ian Richardson (Francis Urquhart)
         Michael Kitchen (The King)
         Kitty Aldridge (Sarah Harding)
         Colin Jeavons (Tim Stamper)
         Diane Fletcher (Elizabeth Urquhart)
         Nicholas Farrell (David Mycroft)
         Nick Brimble (Corder)
         Paul Seed (Director)
         Andrew Davies (Screenplay)
         Michael Dobbs (Novel)
   Episodes: One
      Play Episode
      Chapter Index
   Episodes: Two
      Play Episode
      Chapter Index
   Episodes: Three
      Play Episode
      Chapter Index
   Episodes: Four
      Play Episode
      Chapter Index
Side #3 -- The Final Cut
   Play All
   Biographies
      Ian Richardson (Francis Urquhart)
      Diane Fletcher (Elizabeth Urquhart)
      Isla Blair (Claire Carlsen)
      Paul Freeman (Tom Makepeace)
      Yolanda Vazquez (Maria Passolides)
      Nick Brimble (Corder)
      Nickloas Grace (Geoffrey Booza Pitt)
      Mike Vardy (Director)
      Andrew Davies (Screenplay)
   Episode: One
      Play Episode
      Chapter Index
   Episode: Two
      Play Episode
      Chapter Index
   Episode: Three
      Play Episode
      Chapter Index
   Episode: Four
      Play Episode
      Chapter Index
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 6 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(5)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful treachery

    I'm only halfway through the series and wouldn't dare miss the remainder. It's viewing has occupied my viewing time, usurping such favorites as Deadliest Catch, CSI: Whatever, and the assorted sitcoms and cartoons I cling to for entertainment. Instead, going into it with little to no knowledge of the British government, I've become wrapped up in the whole devious tangle of Francis Urquhart. Every drop of verbal poison, political revenge, cunning slander and debasement he offers his rivals, public, private, or even the monarch - it's enthralling. I know he's going to expire, and it's very much a question of when, not if, he's going to get it. Yet I find myself strangely routing for him to continue his slithering success, even as I yearn for his opponents to undermine and vanquish him. The latter appears fruitless, the former seems constant and unstoppable. It all makes for a wonderful black and bleak style of humor, and also a tragedy demonstrating an almost uniform corruption of morality across the board, friend and foe alike. And the most intriguing part, which is not prevalent or even existent in the original novel, is Ian Richardson's breaking of the fourth wall. The viewer is either admitted into his circle as a conspirator, savoring his cruel victories, or as a witness to his horrors and a victim yourself to his satisfied smirk. His talent is such that it's really a matter for the viewer. He doesn't judge, but he does relish it. Very, very wonderful and so frustrating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ...And be a villain

    Let me get the mandatory Richard III reference out of the way early. Like the Shakespearean king, House of Cards' Sir Francis Urquhart is a charming, ruthless murderer who will stop at nothing to achieve power, frequently speaks directly to the audience, and gets all the best lines. Unlike Richard, Urquhart is a relatively complex figure, motivated not solely by ambition, but rather a fierce belief in his arch-conservative views, and that he is by far the most qualified man for the job. His murders and lies are all for the benefit of Great Britain, which without him would become a miserable, second-class welfare state dominated by the Continent. It is a testament to Richardson's performance is so charismatic and his dialogue so sharp and acidic, that you can almost start to believe him. House of Cards is definitely Richardson's show, he is in 95% of the scenes, and the remaining 5% consists of other people talking about him, but the trilogy contains many other great performances, with Susannah Harker's Mattie Storin in Part 1 and Michael Kitchen's King in Part 2 being clear stand-outs. Harker turns an INCREDIBLY difficult role, and one that in lesser hands could have completely ham-strung the series, into a tour-de-force. Her Mattie, a journalist corrupted and destroyed by her own submissiveness, becomes the haunting, discordant strings just audible under Urquhart's martial timpani. Michael Kitchen has another near impossible job, playing a king who is not quite Prince Charles, but clearly meant to evoke him. The new king is compassionate, decent, and popular, and therefore a genuine threat to Urquhart's administration. However, unlike most of the PM's enemies, he is someone who cannot be intimidated, co-opted, or failing that, quietly killed. If the second series, To Play the King, is the best of the trilogy, it is because in it, Urquhart has a worthy adversary, and Kitchen's tight-rope performance is the major factor in that. All in all, House of Cards is simply a great show, suspenseful, funny, smart, and centered by a main performance that ranks as one of the best in the history of television.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Rise And Fall Of Francis Urquhart

    At long last I have finally gotten the chance to sit down and watch the trilogy of miniseries's known simply as the House Of Cards trilogy. Based on the novel trilogy by UK author Michael Dobbs the three miniseries's (House Of Cards, To Play The King and The Final Cut) detail the rise and fall of Francis Urquhart, a politician of the UK's Conservative Party played by the late, great Ian Richardson. To help you the reader decide if you'd like to purchase this DVD box-set here are reviews of all three parts of the trilogy.

    House Of Cards:

    House Of Cards is a fine example of what the political thriller can be. From the performance of Ian Richardson as Urquhart, the performances of the supporting cast, good production values and a fantastic script as well. It is a complex story with a complex protagonist that takes a look at power and its ability to corrupt and how far one will go to achieve it and is a fine one at that.

    To Play The King:

    To Play The King is a fine successor to House Of Cards. From the performances of Richardson and Michael Kitchen in the lead roles, a fine supporting cast, good production values and a well written script as well. While it is not the thriller the original was and is somewhat less gripping as a result, To Play The King works as something else instead. It is a parable about what happens when the liberally minded and the conservatively minded face each other head on. The result is thought provoking indeed.

    The Final Cut:

    The Final Cut proves to be the last, if unsatisfactory, part of the House Of Cards trilogy. While there's fine performances from Richardson and Diane Fletcher plus much of the supporting cast the issues with other members of the supporting cast, some low budget feels, direction and script issues weigh this part down significantly. The result is a good but overall unsatisfactory conclusion which seems rather a shame.

    Overall then, it's a fine set of miniseries's. There's three fine performances from Ian Richardson which alone make this set of stories the success that they are. Though the final part of the trilogy is rather unsatisfactory the first two parts are highly successful and highly entertaining. It's also a remarkable look at the rise and fall of one ambitious man and his government. If you are a fan of either political thrillers, British television or both look no further then the House Of Cards trilogy.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Ruthless, Delightfully Evil

    "House of Cards" is about a ruthless politician who is a master of manipulation. Devoid of conscience and morals, Francis Urquhart destroys everyone in his path as he meets his political goals. Wickedly entertaining.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    First class

    I was addicted, watched all 3 in 4 days. Richardson just incredible.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews