Having heard of these films, I was pleased that WB liberated them from their archive. Of course, Republicans will love seeing The Gipper portray a "tough on crime" secret service agent. But Democrats too should watch these movies. Not only for the sake of Americana, but also Reagan, when he made these films, was a Democrat.
One thing that surprised me was that these films followed the Bond formula. 1) Something bad happens 2) We flash to M/Saxby's office where the orders are given 3) Then off to adventure.
Refreshingly, these films contain a 1930s sensibility: the dashing hero, the love interest, and the oddball sidekick with a funny name. It is like watching the old 1940s serials, but with better writing and better acting--apologies to Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon: Box Set (Space Soldiers/Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars/Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe) (3DVD)).
These are light action films, like CHiPs: The Complete Second Season. This is not bad, since they provide us a good benchmark on how Bond-Bourne-Bauer-Batman have changed the intensity level of action films.
The first two films are based on the W. H. Moran's memoirs, he a former chief of the Secret Service. Hence, they are the better of the four films. The third film gives Foy (Gabby) a more prominent role. Like Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther (1963), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb), he could be such a scene-stealer that he overshadowed Reagan's performance. And had last two film's love interests.
The last film is the most Bond-esque: a super-weapon (a 1940s EMP ray), and some action on a dirigible--the best since Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition). And has one continuity error. Gabby gets severely airsick, which contradicts the first film. Brass and Gabby were pilot and radio operator respectively on the Orient Express air-clipper.
The series could have used had a better resolution to the arc. The last film just ends, and we have no follow-up with Brass and Pamela, or Gabby and Dolly for that matter. I imagine Reagan moved on to A films, and ... so forth.
There are no extras, just the films.
Not much else to say. I recommend them for fans of BW films, 1930s and 1940s pulp fans (Batman - The Complete 1943 Movie Serial Collection), Wold Newton (Doc Savage: The Man Of Bronze), homesick Reaganites, or anyone with a few dollars to spend and in the mood for a light and easy action film.