The variations on the Eight Pieces of Brocade are infinite as you have already discovered.
I see that you describe your location as New York. My advice would be to find yourself a teacher and get yourself some hands on instruction. DVD's are useful as reminders and aids to learning but that is all.
I am sure that forum members could point you in the direction of some sound instructors but first you will have to decide which direction you wish to travel in.
The Eight Fine Exercises are used by practitioners of both the Buddhist and Taoist Arts. Are you interested in the martial side of things or do you wish to practice simply for health benefits?
Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint,
and heard great argument about it and about:
but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.