This is apparently available for less through Amazon.it (link to the blu ray
It appears to be a single disk and I suspect it's the same disk as the French and German versions. Unfortunately I didn't see a screen grab of the back of the case to verify Region or whether it was the director's cut / theatrical cut etc.
Italian release isn't until Oct. 22. I know a couple of folks that have ordered this version so I may hold off until they get theirs to confirm a few details before I import myself. Been waiting on this one for quite a while now.
What's irritating to me is that it's hard for me to believe that a U.S. release of this wouldn't sell at least as many copies as an Italian, or even French, or German release, if not more. Maybe the combined overseas market(s) for 3D has grown larger than the U.S. but they're still separate releases right? I mean, Italy gets its own release, as does France and Germany; there's not one release for the entire European market. Or perhaps it's a single disk that's been pressed and only the packaging is altered...
Whatever the case, I can't imagine that the costs for a domestic release would be so prohibitive as to be un-profitable. It's not like they'd need to re-encode or re-master the film, or even the audio for a 3D blu. Just whip up some english packaging, tweak the disc label and call it done. Reportedly the menus for the French release at least are already all in english so even that is already done.
I'm not even sure I buy into the "3D has failed" tripe so many of the pundits are pushing. With all the complaints I'm hearing on multiple sites about the lack of domestic 3D releases for Maleficent, Frozen, Need For Speed, and of course this, I feel like it's more the naysayers just telling folks 3D isn't popular, rather than that actually being the case. But I don't know what the real numbers have to say. And of course most of the films I just listed are under Disney control, so hopefully other studios will not be following in kind. Ok... I'm a gittin' off muh soapbox now...