Originally Posted by scottder
Yeah I don't think I'll be picking up full cycles, but the individuals. Thanks
Yes, in fact there is only the Boulez and another with looks like a modernazation avaialble on Netflix, thanks!
Here's how I would approach it (after listening to a "bleeding chunks" CD as a primer):
1. Listen to the Solti ring and read a synopsis/analysis (I've listed several in this thread) in order to get familiar with the music, plot, and motives;
2. Watch the Levine (traditional production that I did not find boring at all - neither has anyone else I've exposed it to);
3. Then - and only then - would I venture into the waters of the Boulez video.
I've not seen any other video productions so I can't comment. The point is this: I believe we owe it to the Wagner performance history to watch a relatively traditional production first. Boulez ain't it. His conducting is great (and so is the music) but I loathed the production the first time I saw it. Only after I was much more familiar with the Ring could I return to it with a sense of enjoyment.
YMMV of course. BTW, Wagner fans have never been known for placid agreement on things...
Side note: Everybody hates Behrens, but at least she sort of looks like what Wagner must have had in mind for Brunhilde. And, Morris and Jerusalem both do respectable jobs.