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House of Cards Trilogy [3 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Release Date:02/05/2013
This set contains the original three entries in the award-wining British political thriller House of Cards - House of Cards, To Play the King, and The Final Cut.

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    Special Features

    • Audio commentary
    • Andrew Davies interview
    • Tour of parliament


    The Final Cut
    The trilogy begun with House of Cards and To Play the King comes to a close in this two-part miniseries produced for the BBC. Francis Urquarth (Ian Richardson) has used his guile and cunning to rise to the position of Britain's Prime Minister, and with the end of his political career appearing on the horizon, he's looking for a way to end his reign on an impressive note. With this in mind, Urquarth throws himself into a series of negotiations that would bring a peaceful end to the United Kingdom's conflicts with Cyprus. However, the Cypriote negotiators have discovered some information about Urquarth's youthful indiscretions that could bring his political career to an inglorious end. The Final Cut, like the two miniseries which preceeded it, was based on a novel by Michael Dobbs. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    To Play the King
    This two-part British miniseries, a sequel to 1990's House of Cards, finds the shrewd but scheming conservative politician Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson) has risen to the position of Prime Minister. Urquhart soon pits himself in a battle of wits with England's newly crowned King (Michael Kitchen) in a struggle for political control of the nation. The PM finds his Majesty to be a fierce adversary, but with the help of his top advisor and mistress, Sarah Harding (Kitty Aldridge), Urquhart discovers information about the Royal Family that could prove disastrous to the monarch's public image. But does he dare to reveal it, and run the risk of bringing the British Monarchy to a crashing halt? Ian Richardson's performance earned him a Best Actor nomination in the 1994 BAFTA Television Awards. This series was later followed by The Final Cut. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    House of Cards
    Based on a novel by Michael Dobbs, the British miniseries House of Cards was the first entry in a darkly satirical trilogy about ruthless, unscrupulous Conservative MP Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson). Determined to advance himself politically, socially, and financially, Urquhart would stop at nothing to achieve his goal, and was eager and willing to sell out his friends and loved ones whenever the price was right. Although he managed to cover his tracks so far as the public was concerned, Urquhart was threatened with exposure by investigative reporter Mattie Storin (Susannah Harker). The battle of wits and wills between Urquhart and Storin provided the bulk of the drama and intrigue in this four-part saga, which originally aired over the BBC1 from November 18 to December 9, 1990. House of Cards was followed by two additional miniseries, To Play the King and The Final Cut, all starring Ian Richardson as the "hero." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Ian Richardson
      Ian Richardson - Francis Urquhart

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