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The Debut

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4.1 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
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Ben is a talented high-school senior who dreams of going to art school. His strict immigrant fatherwants him to accept a scholarship to medical school. The struggle between his family's Filipino traditions and his own American dreams explodes on the night of his sister's eighteenth birthday party.Pressured by his family to attend his sister's "debut" instead of hanging with his white friends, Ben gets more than he bargained for, including a showdown with a childhood friend-turned-thug, and anintroduction to a beautiful woman who might teach him a few things about his real culture -- and about true love. An impressive debut for writer/director Gene Cajayon, THE DEBUT is a hip, insightful dramatic comedy starring Dante Basco (Biker Boyz, Hook), Bernadette Balagtas, Joy Bisco (TV's "Port Charles") and legendary Filipino actor Eddie Garcia.

Special features

  • Digitally remastered soundtrack
  • Two in-depth documentaries: "The Making of The Debut" and The Little Film that Could: Touring the Country"
  • Three Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes covering the artists and music of the Debut, including an intimate profile of the Basco Brothers!
  • Original "Debut" short film directed by Gene Cajayon
  • "Diary of a Gangsta Sucka" short film directed by John Manal Castro
  • Six Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Three TV Spots and the Theatrical Trailer
  • A special video dedication to all our Debut volunteers and supporters

Product details

  • Actors: Dante Basco, Eddie Garcia, Gina Alajar, Dion Basco
  • Directors: Gene Cajayon
  • Producers: Lisa Onodera
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Tagalog, Chinese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000AGQ6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,853 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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