director's cut

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1. In post-production, the final cut of a film, TV programme, or pop video, which is approved by its director but which may be subsequently re-edited: for example as a response to studio pressure from poor test screenings. A director's contract normally stipulates that final cutting rights belong to the studio.

2. A marketing device for films whereby a director's approved cut is re-issued as the definitive version of a film. The director's cut of Blade Runner (1982) is an example. On some occasions, the commercial imperatives of this practice outweigh its artistic merits.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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