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Direct-to-video (also known as direct-to-DVD, direct-to-VHS, direct-to-digital, made-for-video, straight-to-video, shot-on-video, or straight-to-DVD) refers to films which are not given a proper cinematic release, but are rather released directly to home video. In the context of Hollywood films, this is sometimes taken as a sign of little confidence in the film's likely success with a cinematic release.

Often, the direct-to-video format is used for sequel films (examples: Species III, I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer and multiple Disney films.)

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