It sounds like that fonts file was deleted or corrupted when the game crashed, either by Windows or the game. You may have been able to fix it by just re-extracting the 'fonts.rar' file from the \disc3 folder on the Play CD (see here
), though a re-install is easier and more thorough.
There was a difference between the Australian release of BD and North America / UK because of different versions of the copy protection used. There are no differences with DD between English releases (except of course original vs patched re-release and 3 CDs vs 1 DVD).
With the Australian version of BD, a registry edit would allow you to install the 1.49 English patch (which removes the Starforce copy protection so you don't need the CD in a drive, and allows the game to be played under Vista).