In the next (and perhaps final) turn in a maze of confusion surrounding a 3D Blu-ray release of Disney’s Frozen, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has independently confirmed to us that there are no announced plans for a 3D release at this time, reminding us that Frozen will be available on Digital 3D on February 25, as per the initial announcement.
We also reached out to various retailers who are either actively currently soliciting pre-orders for the 3D Blu-ray (such as Best Buy) or have in the past. To date, only Walmart has responded directly to our request for additional information. Walmart, which at one point claimed to have an exclusive combo pack featuring the 3D version as well as the original motion picture soundtrack told us, ‘We are excited for the release of the movie and we will have an exclusive Gift Set that will include the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital and a bonus Anna or Elsa Infinity figurine. We do not have anything coming in 3D.’
Most other retailers who had been accepting pre-orders for the 3D Blu-ray edition of Frozen, such as Amazon, have joined Walmart in canceling existing pre-orders and removing the listing entirely. Disney Movie Club has advised those who have pre-ordered that it does not know when to expect it in stock. In regards to Best Buy, it has been noted that the SKU number indicates that it’s an online item only and its price suggests there is more to the story, suggesting it may even be imported.
To that end, the 3D edition of Frozen does appear to be available overseas (albeit with a later release date) with shipping available to those in the United States who don’t mind paying the extra premium of securing the disc. Amazon UK is listing it as region-free (although you will still be ordering at your own risk) and Zavvi is offering an exclusive steelbook version, though their description says it’s locked to Region B players (North America is Region A).
Otherwise, it should be fairly safe to purchase the 2D edition from domestic etailers such as Amazon pending a thaw of heart from Disney.