Originally Posted by MagnumX
I had read that he supposedly wanted to personally oversee the 3D transfer for the theatrical re-release (that was only in major cities for the most part and around here not advertised AT ALL). Now as for the BD transfer, I have no idea whether he was involved one iota, but gather they're using the same 3D conversion. Now as to why Studio Canal wanted to actively purposely BLOCK North American users from being able to to buy/see Terminator 2 3D in the USA (Region B LOCKED in the UK), I have NO IDEA. I just got a region unlocked version from South Korea and I have no idea if it's even legit (wasn't cheap either) given the film says Studio Canal on it, but the box shows nothing of the kind. But at least it works in regular BD players and has the 5.1 English soundtrack on it.
Yes so I imagine Cameron handled some of that and QC'ed the conversion to some degree, but clearly not to a significant degree to help push through a local US 3D Blu-Ray release.
When it comes to the region locking it is more likely the licensing that is preventing companies from ignoring region locks. So for example the conversion is done by Stereo D/Deluxe who was able to license to Studio Canal in the UK (and Australia & AP regions since they control that too). However, it looks like one of the companies (possibly DMG Entertainment, see information here
) basically dropped the ball on catering for the US market for a 3D release. If anything, it's probably a bunch of executives not proceeding on it and also making sure that the other regions stay locked in case they change their minds and want to do a release inside US. Given numerous titles are not being released in USA for 3D it is more a marketing & licensing issue I think. Companies that breach the licensing and region locks generally don't stay in business for that long as the companies licensing the material to them for production will simply stop doing so.
For people outside of the US this is nothing new as many times releases have been Region A/1 locked so getting around the locks is considered standard practice. Due to the way licensing is handled this has a large impact on whether titles are released and at what markup (sometimes, companies are trying to recoup poorly negotiated licensing costs for a long time or have exclusive licensing rights for a region so they charge what they think they can get away with). For a customer you would need to purchase what you want where it makes sense cost wise. I guess you could email the local licensing holders to inform them of your choice but not sure that would make any significant difference, probably better to ask why they aren't releasing it in the first place.
I think you're going to see a lot more of this in the future due to the on-going trade wars & tax wars (just yesterday Amazon announced they will no longer service Australian customers from the US site due to refusing to collect GST for purchases) until companies and governments start to work on a global view of marketing and licensing to even out differences between countries so that companies are forced to work more competitively in the global markets. In some cases that balance is quite difficult to accomplish.