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This legendary production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Harry Kupfer at Bayreuth Festival Opera and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, is considered one of the greatest productions of this titanic work ever staged. One of the most exciting aspects of this release is the format, which is genuine 16:9 widescreen from the original HDTV 1250 recording, one of the first Hi-Definition recordings made in Europe. There is also surround sound from tapes made at the original recording by UNITEL. Region Code Corrected. Will play in all US DVD players.
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7/19/06.........don't get bent out of shape folks. I'm disappointed too but since this was the initial shipment, somebody goofed -- BIG TIME! Just return it and ask for a replacement. Since they have released Rheingold and Walküre in Region 1, there is no reason to assume this was done on purpose. There is certainly no revenue potential for Amazon if they send this out knowing they will have to accept returns on all of them. Addendum: I just noticed that if you look at the info on the DVD page it does say it is Region 2. In Europe it is important to check that but not normally in the US. I still think someone just goofed here because if you look at the UK Amazon site it says the color is PAL and Region 2 and here it says NTSC and Region 2. That wouldn't make sense but lets wait and see.
The Kupfer/Barenboim RING is, in my opinion, musically, dramatically and conceptually the best currently available. Bring on Gotterdammerung.