Disney has given our niche market a big screw you here in the US. The least they could do is make the bluray 3D discs region free so that those of us who want them can remain happy Disney customers.
And Disney was the absolute biggest promoter of 3-D not more than a few years ago....remember? Now, "F**k those 3-D consumers...if our profits don't hit a half-billion on these movies, we're not going to give our loyal U.S. a 3-D Blu-ray release. Give it to Europe. The numbers are better." Here are ways you major studios have been slowly but surely ruining a truly promising resurgence of 3-D in the 2000's:
1. Over-charging for theater admissions of 3-D. Completely unnecessary. The price of those cheap glasses is negligible and could easily be absorbed by the studio, especially as the majority are returned to be recycled.
2. Really piss-poor choices of movies to be filmed in 3-D or converted to 3-D. Bad scripts, photography, directing, acting, etc. Too many completely redundant cgi animation titles. Live-action films that are vacuous and annoying. The cutting is often as quick as that of a 2-D movie (i.e. too fast to allow the human brain to register the information it receives), which is even more deadly for 3-D.
3. Speaking of which...bad conversions of 2-D to 3-D.
4. Poor projection in many theaters resulting in images too dark for shadow detail to show at all.
5. Blu-ray releases similarly overpriced, which is a real rip-off, since replication of 3-D discs is, after the masters are prepared, not a penny more costly for studios than 2-D.
6. 3-D Blu releases of U.S.-made films being made available only from Europe.
7. The slow-but-sure withdrawal of support for 3-D for the home, starting with #6 above, but hugely exacerbated by Panasonic's discontinuation of their 3-D plasma t.v. line.
I was excited at the start of this 3-D era. I invested a lot of money (for me) for a Panny plasma and requisite player and active glasses, to say nothing of a collection (now numbering 75 3-D Blu-rays), and I feel I am being betrayed because idiot studios allow so many dreadful 3-D movies (many of them conversions) to get released that ultimately wear the public down until they decide to stop paying the stupid upcharge and either watch the film in 2-D or not bother with them at all. Now they offer us seriously overpriced Blu-ray's (if the 3-D version is offered to us in the U.S. at all) and wonder what happened when the disc sales are underwhelming.
You could have done it, Hollywood. This could have been the real thing - an actual, long-lasting era of 3-D. But your greed and haste and lack of creative input have given us a huge junkyard of crap movies, with only the occasional LIFE OF PI or CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS and GRAVITY to serve as short-term life preservers, throwing aficionados small bones of new hope that the format might yet succeed this time.
We have the money to spend, but we're spending it less and less on 3-D because of the 7 examples listed above (and a few I've missed, no doubt). 3-D isn't dead yet, but you seem bound and determined to pound the last nails into its coffin. Why? You make me very angry as a fan and consumer, and only add to my distrust and dislike of the corporate mentality that cares nothing for its customers, as long as the bucks roll in.
Shame on you.
And Disney, you who once really did hold your loyal fans in high regard and with great respect, are perhaps the biggest offender of all.