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The Debut from Columbia this September

Columbia Tristar have announced the Region 1 DVD release of The Debut for 9th September 2003 with a retail price of $24.95. This coming-of-age comedy with a Filipino-American cast will come with the following features on DVD...

  • Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD5.1 Surround
  • Subtitles: English, French, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog
  • Director and Writer Commentary
  • Five Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes:
    • The Making of the Debut
    • The Little Film That Could: Touring the Country
    • The Debut Music
    • The Art of the Debut
    • The Basco Brothers
  • Gag Reel
  • Six Deleted Scenes
  • Two Short Films by the Writer and Director
  • TV Spots / Trailers
Here is the DVD Artwork and a menu shot for you followed by text from the Press Release.





Culver City, CA (June 30, 2003) – the Debut, which premieres on DVD and video from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment on September 9, is a touching coming-of-age dramatic comedy about a Filipino American teenager torn by the cultural and generational conflicts that arise at an elaborate family celebration. In the tradition of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “Tortilla Soup,” first-time director Gene Cajayon also examines the teen’s father’s struggle to understand his son and his American way of life. Thanks to strong word-of-mouth from devoted fans through its theatrical run, the Debut racked up nearly $2 million at the box-office – making it one of the highest grossing, self-distributed independent films in history.

Starring rising young talent Danté Basco (Biker Boyz, Hook), the alluring Joy Bisco (TV’s “Port Charles”) and three of the Philippines’ biggest stars – Tirso Cruz III, Eddie Garcia and Gina Alajar – the Special Edition DVD of the Debut is packed with more than 85 minutes of valueadded materials including five behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reel, insightful
director and writer commentary and more.

Winner of the Best Feature Film Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival, the San Diego Asian Film Festival and the 2001 Ammy Awards, the Debut captivated critics nationwide who praised the film as “charming and heartwarming” (The New York Times) and “a delightful coming-of-age film” (Chicago Tribune).

Basco stars as Ben Mercado, a talented high school senior who follows his personal dream to enroll in a prestigious arts institute, despite the expectations of his strict immigrant father Roland (Tirso Cruz III) who is intent on seeing Ben become a doctor. Their long-simmering feud – for Ben, a struggle to be accepted by America and therefore reject his Filipino heritage, and for Roland, a traditional quest to give his children a better life than he had – threatens to erupt and ruin the elaborate 18th birthday party of Ben’s sister Rose (Bernadette Balagtas).

It is at this party where everything begins to change for Ben. He is pressured by his white friends to attend a party across town, threatened by a childhood friend-turned-thug, and even finds a confidante and possible love interest in Rose’s best friend Annabelle (Joy Bisco). With all these forces tearing at Ben throughout the course of one long night, he faces the true nature of
his relationships with his family, his friends and himself.

Featuring a talented, up-and-coming young cast along with Filipino movie legends, the Debut had its world premiere as the Opening Night Attraction of the 15th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival. The film was directed by Gene Cajayon who co-wrote the screenplay with John Manal Castro.

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