The debut / 5 Card Productions and Celestial Pictures present ; in association with National Asian American Telecommunications Association, GMA Network Films, Visual Communications ; written by Gene Cajayon & John Manal Castro ; produced by Lisa Onodera ; directed by Gene Cajayon.

Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2003]
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Widescreen version.

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Filipino Americans -- Drama.
Filipino Americans -- Social life and customs -- 21st century -- Drama.
Fathers and sons -- Drama.
Families -- Folklore -- Drama.
Families -- Folklore.
Fathers and sons.
Filipino Americans.
Filipino Americans -- Social life and customs.
Feature films.
Comedy films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Comedy films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Comedy films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Comedy films.
In English; optional subtitles in Tagalog, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Chinese.
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
System Details:
DVD, NTSC, Region; widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) presentation; 2.0 surround.
Ben is from a Filipino-American family who is soon to graduate from high school. Currently, most of his family is preoccupied with an elaborate coming-out party being thrown for Ben's sister Rose. Ben isn't too thrilled about having to attend, so he invites his best friends Rick and Doug. To their surprise, Rick and Doug find themselves having a great time getting a glimpse of Filipino culture, and Ben meets a pretty girl named Annabelle.
Special features: Anamorphic widescreen
Director and writer commentary
Deleted scenes
Gag reel
Featurette: "The little film that could: touring the country"
Documentary: "The making of The Debut"
Short film: Original "Debut" short
Short film: "Diary of a Gangsta Sucka"
Featurettes: "The Mercado files: The debut music" ; 'The Mercado Files: The art of The Debut" ; "The Mercado files: The Basco brothers"
TV spots
Animated menus
Language: English 2.0 surround
Subtitles: English, Tagalog, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese
DanteĢ Basco, Tirso Cruz, III, Eddie Garcia, Darion Basco, Dion Basco, Derek Basco, Gina Alajar, Bernadette Balagtas, Joy Bisco.
Director of photography, Hisham Abed ; editor, Kenn Kashima ; original music score, Wendell Yuponce ; costume designer, Francis E. Ocon ; production designer, Michael Rizzo.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2001.
Special features: commentary by Gene Cajayon and writer John Manal Castro; 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 "The 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.
San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2000: Jury Award - Best Dramatic Narrative Feature (Gene Cajayon).
Onodera, Lisa, film prodcer.
Cajayon, Gene, film director, screenwriter.
Castro, John Manal, screenwriter.
Basco, Dante, 1975- actor.
Cruz, Tirso, III, actor.
Garcia, Eddie, actor.
Basco, Darion, 1974- actor.
Basco, Dion, 1977- actor.
Basco, Derek, 1970- actor.
Alajar, Gina, actor.
Balagtas, Bernadette, actor.
Bisco, Joy, 1975- actor.
Abed, Hisham, cinematographer.
Kashima, Ken, editor of moving image work.
Yuponce, Wendell J., composer (expression)
5 Card Productions (Firm), film production company
Tian ying yu le you xian gong si, film production company.
National Asian American Telecommunications Association, film production company.
GMA Network Films, film production company.
Visual Communications/Asian American Studies Central, film production company.
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Firm), publisher.
Publisher Number:
01135 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment