My copy arrived today from Amazon.de.
To my surprise both the 2D and 3D copies are region-free. I have both an all-regions Blu Ray player and a standard one; they play in both.
They're also 24hz (as opposed to 25hz/PAL), in case there was any concern regarding that (a disc can be region free but still PAL).
I've previewed by skimming the chapters and I am *really* impressed with this 3D conversion! Tremendous depth and already can tell there will be some negative-parallax scenes. A couple of impressive things I noticed... There are scenes with lots of detailed foliage, not unlike what was in Jurassic Park, but less tropical and more... woodsy/Black Foresty. The 3D conversion of the dense foilage is extremely well done. Also, scenes with rain and smoke/fog/mist, which tend to challenge the conversion process, seem to have been converted quite well, particularly the rain. I'm thinking the conversion team must have had access to the raw composite plates to be able to separate everything out as well as they did.
It's not completely flawless though. I noticed some "weirdness" here and there, such as in an opening shot looking up from the bottom of a well or pit-like structure. There seems to be some hyper-stereo stuff going on in some of the wider shots, but not so much as to bother me, and it didn't seem to miniaturize things to my eyes.
Not so much 3D related but black levels and sharpness seem a little inconsistent in my brief preview, with some scenes seeming to be lacking ever so slightly in one of those areas or the other, but again, nothing real egregious. I suspect this is in part due to the hazy/foggy nature of some of the scenes in question.
Overall this seems like a well-above-average conversion and 3D experience, and I'm glad to have it in my collection. The movie seemed to have a gotten a really bad rap, and I haven't watched enough of it to comment on the story/acting yet, but so far it looks right up my alley.
Universal Really dropped the ball by not releasing the 3D Blu Ray of this in North America. Even if the movie winds up being less than stellar, a lot of folks (like me) might have purchased the 3D copy based on that and audio-visuals alone, allowing them to recoup more of their investment. I'll give it a full view this weekend if possible and post my impressions of the film itself afterwards.