The Ronald Reagan Centennial Collection in January


The Ronald Reagan Centennial Collection
January 25th
Warner Bros.
Retail $59.92, Our: $44.99
Dark Victory (1939), Knute Rockne All-American (1940), Kings Row (1942), Desperate Journey (1942), This is the Army (1943), The Hasty Heart (1949), Storm Warning (1951), The Winning Team (1952)
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In honor of President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday (February 6th), Warner has announced The Ronald Reagan Centennial Collection for release on January 25th.

No new-to-DVD material is part of the set and no word on whether there will be any additional bonus materials or a commemorative booklet.

Retail will be $59.92, but it's available at for only $44.99.

Honoring our 40th American President’s 100th birthday, Warner Home Video presents the Ronald Reagan Centennial Collection, featuring eight outstanding film performances from the prolific actor and long time Warner Bros. contract player.

The Ronald Reagan Centennial Collection is more than a DVD collection; it’s a tribute to one of the most beloved figures in cinematic and American history and one that fans of Mr. Reagan’s films will surely treasure for years to come.

Dark Victory (1939)
A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and must decide whether she'll meet her final days with dignity. Bette Davis enjoyed one of her signature roles as a spoiled socialite facing terminal illness – with friend Reagan among those helping her toward a last chance to give her life meaning.


  • Commentary by historian James Ursini and CNN film critic Paul Clinton
  • Tough Competition for Dark Victory Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
Knute Rockne All-American (1940)
“I’ve decided to take up coaching as my life work,” Knute Rockne says. Coach he does, revolutionizing football with his strategies, winning close to 90 percent of his games, and helping establish the University of Notre Dame’s “Fighting Irish” as a gridiron powerhouse. But victories alone do not mean success to Rockne. He wants to shape his players into responsible and honorable men.

This famed sports biopic combines a passion for the game (and footage of actual Notre Dame contests) with two superb performances: Pat O’Brien in the title role and Ronald Reagan as George Gipp, the gifted but doomed halfback whose deathbed plea to “win one for the Gipper” remains one of cinema’s most memorable quotes. And for the rest of his life, Reagan would often be called the Gipper.

  • Oscar-winning Technicolor historical short Teddy, the Rough Rider
  • Classic cartoon Porky’s Baseball Broadcast
  • Audio-Only bonus: 1940 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast with Pat O’Brien and Ronald Reagan
  • Theatrical trailer
Kings Row (1942)
It’s a quaint turn-of-the-century small town with shady streets, swimming holes and the clip-clop of horse and buggy. But that peaceful exterior conceals human lives twisted by cruelty, murder and madness. Kings Row is one of Warner Bros.’ most distinguished productions, highlighted by an outstanding cast, haunting James Wong Howe cinematography and a somber, emotion-laden Erich Wolfgang Korngold score.
“Oomph Girl” Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Betty Field, Claude Rains and Charles Coburn give indelible performances – and Ronald Reagan’s portrayal of Drake, a cheerful ne’er-do-well shattered by tragedy, has been hailed as a career high. Nominated for three Academy AwardsĂ’ including Best Picture, Kings Row is a powerful American saga of dreams, despair and triumph.

  • Oscar-nominated short United States Marine Band
  • Classic cartoon Fox Pop
  • Theatrical trailer
Desperate Journey (1942)
When Flight Lt. Forbes and his crew are shot down after bombing their target, they discover valuable information about a hidden German aircraft factory that must get back to England. In their way across Germany, they try and cause as much damage as possible. Then, with the chasing Germans about to pounce, they come up with an ingenious plan to escape. Errol Flynn leads Reagan and other flyboys in a rousing wartime spirit-lifter.

  • Warner Night at the Movies 1942: Newsreel
  • Shorts:
    • Borrah Minnevitch and His Harmonica School
    • The Tanks Are Coming and The United States Army Air Force Band
  • Cartoon: The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall
  • Theatrical Trailers
This is the Army (1943)
Irving Berlin’s beloved songs propel a Technicolor musical spectacular based on the hit stage revue with an all-GI cast plus Hollywood’s Reagan, George Murphy and Joan Leslie.

  • Documentary: Warner at War
  • Commentary by Joan Leslie and historian Drew Casper
  • My British Buddy: Musical Number Not Seen in North American Theatres
  • Warner Night at the Movies 1943: Newsreel
  • Shorts:
    • I Am an American
    • The United States Army Band
  • Theatrical Trailers
The Hasty Heart (1949)
Monsoons drench them. The sun scorches them. Still, the Allies fight doggedly through Burma in 1945. For easygoing Yank (Ronald Reagan) and hard-headed Lachie (Richard Todd), the road to victory ends at a jungle hospital. With the help of a devoted nurse (Patricia Neal), they face a new battle called recovery.

The Hasty Heart playwright John Patrick drew from his own wartime service in a British ambulance unit. Vincent Sherman (The Hard Way, Mr. Skeffington) directs this sensitive adaptation sparked by the performance that ranks with Kings Row as among Reagan’s best. The future President wasn’t the only one to draw accolades. Todd won a 1949 Best Actor Oscar nomination and a Most Promising Newcomer Golden Globe Award as the valorous, wounded Scotsman who doesn’t know that his new fight is his last.

  • Commentary by director Vincent Sherman and Reagan biographer John Meroney
  • Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Want to Be in Pictures
  • Classic Cartoon: The Hasty Hare
  • Theatrical trailer
Storm Warning (1951)
A mob in hooded white robes. A man running for his life. Gunfire. In the South to visit her sister Lucy, Marsha Mitchell witnesses a Ku Klux Klan murder. Once safely with Lucy, Marsha relays the terror she has seen…then recognizes her sister’s brutish new husband as one of the killers. She could lie, protect her sister and leave town. Or she could be the one person brave enough to bring the Klan to justice.

Ginger Rogers and Doris Day as the sisters, Steve Cochran as the husband and Ronald Reagan as a crusading D.A. give some of their finest performances in this explosive indictment of a hate that poisoned America from within. Part thriller, part exposĂ©, part stirring human drama, Storm Warning is “feverish…engrossing” (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide) – and moviemaking at its most powerful.

  • Theatrical Trailer
The Winning Team (1952)
He was Hollywood’s ideal of the boy next door. She was America’s Sweetheart. Ronald Reagan and Doris Day headline this film about our national pastime. In The Winning Team Reagan is Grover Cleveland Alexander, the Hall of Fame pitcher whose baseball victories paralleled triumphs in his personal life. Suffering from double vision and fainting spells, Alexander sees his career bottom out. But, helped by his wife (Day), he makes a successful return that reaches its peak in the 1926 Yankees/Cardinals World Series. Real-life major leaguers Bob Lemon, Peanuts Lowrey, Hank Sauer, Gene Mauch and more appear in this story of the legendary pitcher.

  • Theatrical trailer

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