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What do the following terms mean in movie business?

  • Director's Cut
  • Editor's Cut
  • Theatrical Cut

What are the differences between them? Are there any other cut s?

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Other than wbogazc's neat answer, perhaps the cuts made for airline presentations might be included. Also known as 'neutering'. –  Nobby Mar 16 '12 at 13:35
@Nobby - that wasn't a term I encountered so far, so I just googled 'film cut neuter' and it took me in a whole new direction. Plus, I'm doing this at work and some of this isn't just NSFW, it's just NOT SAFE for anything/anyone. :) –  wbogacz Mar 16 '12 at 15:24
Oops - my bad ;) –  Nobby Mar 16 '12 at 15:45
"Special Edition" I really hate that one. –  Jared Mar 18 '12 at 20:52
I dont like derictor cut i think the way how the movie is is perect there should leave it alone. like example Legend with tom cruise the ending was way off. they didnt play the song love by the sun lily isnt susopsed think it a dream when she wake up and when they take off runing into the sun it supsosed to be jack and lily not jack on his own. And she not susposed to say tomorrow we see again? I Like the other way i rather have that than the new version. –  user5737 Aug 10 '13 at 0:01

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Wikipedia's Film Editing page defines many of these cuts. I will try to summarize the questioned ones here.

Editor's Cut:

An editor's cut (sometimes referred to as the "Assembly edit" or "Rough cut") is normally the first pass of what the final film will be when it reaches picture lock.

Additional: The article says that editing starts right after photography starts, utilizing the dailies, so the edited product grows with the director's submissions.

Director's Cut:

When shooting is finished, the director can then turn his full attention to collaborating with the editor and further refining the cut of the film...where the film editor's first cut is molded to fit the director's vision.

Additional: The Director and Editor mold the editor's cut by shifting scene order, reshooting, associating music, etc. until the Director is satisfied with his movie.

Final Cut: (BTW - no glossary I looked into had a 'Theatrical Cut')

Often after the director has had his chance to oversee a cut, the subsequent cuts are supervised by one or more producers, who represent the production company and/or movie studio.

Additional: The article says sometimes disputes with producers arise forcing a tempermental director to sever ties with the final cut of the movie. IMDB lists these types as 'Alan Smithee' films, though other pseudonyms are currently allowed.

This is just one article defining these--there are a number of movie glossaries listed on Google to define these terms from (supposedly) film classes at .edu sites.

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@Mehper - thanks for forcing me to look into this stuff - sometimes it's interesting to see how sausage is made. –  wbogacz Mar 16 '12 at 13:33
+1 for doing the digging :) –  Nobby Mar 16 '12 at 13:34
@wbogacz: Yeah sure, it's a mutual benefit :) One question: Is final cut the same as theatrical cut? –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Mar 16 '12 at 13:37
@Mehper - added the aside about 'Theatrical Cut' –  wbogacz Mar 16 '12 at 13:55
Theatrical Cut refers to the version shown in theaters. –  user977 Mar 16 '12 at 14:04

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