An American President’s All-American Classic Films RONALD REAGAN THE SIGNATURE COLLECTION KINGS ROW KNUTE ROCKNE ALL-AMERICAN THE HASTY HEART STORM WARNING THE WINNING TEAM Debut on DVD August 15 from Warner Home Video Co-Stars Ann Sheridan, Doris Day, Pat O’Brien, Ginger Rogers, Robert Cummings, Claude Rains, Betty Field, and Richard Todd Give Collection Additional Appeal BURBANK, Calif., May 15, 2006 – On August 15, Warner Home Video will introduce Ronald Reagan: The Signature Collection, featuring five outstanding film performances from the prolific actor and longtime Warner Bros. contract player, who served two terms as Governor of California and then became one of the most popular American presidents of the 20th century. Included in the all new-to-DVD collection are Kings Row, a Best Picture Award nominee and probably Mr. Reagan’s best performance; Knute Rockne All- American, the actor’s best remembered role (“Win one for the Gipper!”); the wartime drama The Hasty Heart, the topical Storm Warning and lastly, The Winning Team, with Reagan playing Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander. The collection will sell for $49.92 SRP. All titles are exclusive to the collection except Kings Row and Knute Rockne All- American which will be available individually for $19.97 SRP each. Reagan was born February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Ill. and was raised in Dixon. During high school, he played football and appeared in his first play, Philip Barry’s You and I. He attended Eureka College, a small school near Peoria where he majored in Economics, continued to play football and act in school productions. Following graduation, in an effort to merge his interest in sports and acting, he decided to try his hand at radio and landed a job at WOC in Davenport, Iowa, broadcasting University of Iowa football. Subsequently, he went to work for WHO, the NBC affiliate in Des Moines where he continued to broadcast games, and conduct interviews but became best known for his local play-by-play recreations from telegraph reports of Chicago Cubs games. On a trip to California for Cubs spring training, Reagan met a former WHO friend, who had appeared in a few movies. She set up a meeting with an agent who arranged a screen test with Warner Bros., resulting in a seven-year contract for $200 per week. Reagan made his screen debut in Love is on the Air but first came to prominence when he was cast in a major role opposite Bette Davis in Dark Victory, a performance which helped him win his most famous role, as the ill-fated Notre Dame football hero George Gipp in Knute Rockne All-American. Mr. Reagan made 50 films in all. Highlights include Brother Rat (with first wife Jane Wyman), Going Places, This Is the Army, The Voice of the Turtle, Hong Kong, Hellcats of the Navy (with second wife and First Lady, Nancy), and the infamous Bedtime for Bonzo (fodder for many jokes throughout his political career) in which he played opposite a chimpanzee. Mr. Reagan served a five-year term as president of the Screen Actors Guild, a position he again assumed in 1959. In 1954 he began an eight-year stint as the host of the television series General Electric Theater. His final film was Don Siegel’s 1964 remake of The Killers, co-starring Lee Marvin and Angie Dickenson. 1964 was also the year Reagan entered politics, actively campaigning for Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. In 1966, Reagan was elected Governor of California and during his eight-year tenure surfaced as one of the Republican party's most powerful voices. In 1976, he mounted an unsuccessful run against Gerald Ford in the Republican Presidential primary; in 1980, he defeated Jimmy Carter to become the nation's 40th President. 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 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Kings Row is a powerful American saga of dreams, despair and triumph. DVD special features include: •Oscar® -nominated short United States Marine Band •Classic cartoon Fox Pop •Theatrical trailer •Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only) 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. DVD special features include: •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 •Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only) 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. DVD special features include: •Commentary by Director Vincent Sherman and John Meroney •Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Want to Be in Pictures •Classic cartoon The Hasty Hare •Theatrical trailer •Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only) 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 exposé, part stirring human drama, Storm Warning is “feverish…engrossing” (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide) – and moviemaking at its most powerful. DVD special features include: •Theatrical Trailer •Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only) 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. DVD special features include: •Theatrical trailer •Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only) Ronald Reagan: The Signature Collection Street date: August 15, 2006 Order due date: July 11, 2006 $49.92 SRP (Collection) All films are B&W and Not Rated All films are standard version presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of their original theatrical exhibitions. Sound is Dolby Digital: English: Mono Knute Rockne All-American $19.97 SRP Run Time: 97 minutes Kings Row $19.97 SRP Run Time: 127 minutesThe Hasty Heart Run Time: 102 minutes Storm Warning Run Time: 93 minutesThe Winning Team Run Time: 98 minutes Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.