Originally Posted by Morpheo
I'm getting confused now!
There's an introduction from Ridley Scott about the extended cut on the 2005 dvd, which I thought was his director's cut.
2000 == theatrical
2005 == theatrical + extended(=director's?)
But there are only 2 cuts right? Theatrical and extended? Sorry for the confusion.
There are only two cuts of Gladiator.
Speaking generally now, a film can have a theatrical cut and an extended cut. Those are both concrete terms and immediately let you know what cut is being discussed - the theatrical is the original version shown in theaters, and the extended is one with extra scenes added that were not in the theatrical cut.
But the confusion comes from the fact that EITHER can be the "director's cut." Director's cut just means which one the director preferred - which one is cut as he/she wanted it to be. With many movies, there is no extended/special cut of the film, and the theatrical is simply the 'director's cut' by default - there is no need to mention a qualifier like 'director's cut' because there is only that one cut. On other movies, the theatrical is not the director's cut and for home video the director is allowed to make an extended cut to restore what he wanted to - this is the common use of 'director's cut.'
But Gladiator is a rare case where the studio created an extended cut for marketing or whatever other purposes, but the director still prefers the theatrical cut - so while there is an extended cut, it is NOT the director's cut. The director prefers the theatrical version, and considers that his cut.