New Release: Taps Blu-ray

Tom Cruise (l.), Timothy Hutton (ctr.) and Sean Penn are military cadets in Taps.

The 1981 military drama movie Taps, starring Timothy Hutton (The Ghost Writer), George C. Scott (Patton) and hot-young-actors-on-the-scene Sean Penn (Fair Game) and Tom Cruise (Knight and Day), made its Blu-ray debut on May 3, 2011, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Directed by Harold Becker (The Boost) and based on the 1979 novel Father Sky by Devery Freeman, the film tells the story of cadets at a military academy who take extreme measures to ensure the future of their institution when its existence is threatened by local condo developers. Said “extreme measures” translate into the kind of military resistance the cadets have been trained for.

The Blu-ray disc carries a list price of $24.95.

The film was released by Fox on DVD in 2006 with these special features:

  • commentary by director Harold Becker
  • Sounding the Call to Arms: Mobilizing the Taps Generation featurette
  • The Bugle’s Cry: The Origins of Playing “Taps” featurette

Check out the movie’s trailer here:


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