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The term "director's cut" is a hold-over from the early days of VHS and Betamax (look it up) movie releases. Often, certain movies would be released onto these formats with added scenes that were cut from the original theatrical run due to running time, studio interference or a variety of other issues. Some early examples of this were directors cuts of David Lynch's Dune and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. Modern releases on Blu-ray, Streaming and DVD formats also often carry the Director's Cut moniker, however the term has become homogenized to the point that "Director's Cut" now most often simply means that the movie has "added material" accompanying it.
The term "Director's Cut" as it applies to comics is a bit disingenuous as comics really have no direct correlation to a film director, and the term is simply applied to any comic that is a reprint of any particular issue with added commentary by the writer or editor, script pages or production related artwork.