The Best Videos of 2023 | Features

Film is a deeply satisfying medium, supplying a myriad of delights for those who prefer their stories and learning in visual form. Our list of the best feature films released on DVD/Blu-ray in 2023 ranges from this year’s Oscars contenders to older movies getting fresh editions and attention.

All Quiet on the Western Front. 147 min. In German & French w/English subtitles. Edward Berger, MPI. 2022. DVD UPC 030306746692. $25.98; Blu-ray UPC 030306226392. $29.98. Rated: R. DRAMA

WWI trench warfare and the crushing loss of patriotic idealism are seen through the eyes of a 17-year-old German soldier (Felix Kammerer) in this brutally realistic, Oscar-winning film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic antiwar novel.

Barbie. 114 min. Greta Gerwig, Warner Bros. 2023. DVD UPC 883929801831. $34.99; Blu-ray UPC 883929801817. $39.99. Rated: PG-13. COMEDY

Idyllic life in Barbieland is upended when Barbie (Margot Robbie) experiences an existential crisis, persuading her and boy toy Ken (Ryan Gosling) to visit the real world in this smart meta-film.

The Conformist. 113 min. In Italian w/English subtitles. Bernardo Bertolucci, Raro, dist. by Kino Lorber. 1970. Blu-ray UPC 738329264635. $34.99. Rated: R. DRAMA

In a desperate ploy for acceptance, an insecure man (Jean-Louis Trintignant), who has a skewed view of himself due to a traumatic incident as a youth, takes a contract to kill his former college professor, an antifascist refugee exiled in late-1930s Paris. Newly restored in 4K.

Living. 102 min. Oliver Hermanus, Sony. 2022. DVD UPC 043396631694. $17.99; Blu-ray UPC 043396631700. $22.99. Rated: PG-13. DRAMA

In an Oscar-nominated performance, Bill Nighy stars as a 1950s London civil servant who dutifully shuffles papers in pursuit of keeping order in a bureaucratic office—until being diagnosed with a fatal illness prompts a reappraisal of his life.

The Last Picture Show. b/w. 126 min. Peter Bogdanovich, Criterion. 1971. Blu-ray UPC 715515289412. $49.95. Rated: R. DRAMA

In a dying Texas town in the early 1950s, high-school friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) play football for a losing team while vying for rich and pretty Jacy (Cybill Shepherd) before the local movie theater’s closure marks the end of an era. Formerly available only in a multi-title boxed set.

Oppenheimer. color & b/w. 181 min. Christopher Nolan, Universal. 2023. DVD UPC 191329253113. $24.98; Blu-ray/DVD UPC 191329253045. $29.98. Rated: R. BIOPIC

The far-reaching impact of the atomic bomb on its principal developer, theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), and the world are fused in this IMAX-sized epic detailing the effects of the Manhattan Project.

Past Lives. 106 min. In Korean w/English subtitles. Celine Song, Lionsgate. 2023. DVD UPC 031398340003. $19.99; Blu-ray UPC 031398340027. $21.99. Rated: PG-13. DRAMA

Childhood pals Nora and Hae Sung are separated but later reconnect twice over 24 years—played as adults by Greta Lee and Teo Yoo—with Nora married but openly pondering the role of inyeon, or destiny, in the lives of two longtime soulmates.

The Quiet Girl. 95 min. In Gaelic w/English subtitles. Colm Bairéad, Allied Vaughn. 2022. DVD UPC 810103689237. $22.99. Rated: PG-13. DRAMA

The painfully shy nine-year-old daughter (Catherine Clinch) of poor and neglectful parents is sent to stay with distant relatives at their Irish farm, where she slowly but surely comes out of her shell after her foster parents’ guarded secret comes to light.

Revoir Paris (“Paris Memories”). 105 min. In French w/English subtitles. Alice Winocour, Music Box. 2022. DVD UPC 751778951888. $29.99. DRAMA

A survivor of a mass shooting at a Parisian bistro (Virginie Efira) looks for comfort from other traumatized survivors who regularly meet up after their shared ordeal. Grief and healing in the wake of tragedy cut deeply, with Efira’s portrayal the linchpin.

Till. 130 min. Chinonye Chukwu, United Artists. 2022. DVD UPC 191329237908. $13.99; Blu-ray / DVD 191329237915. $19.99. Rated: PG-13. DRAMA

In 1950s Mississippi, heart-but-not-spirit-broken Mamie Till-Mobley (Danielle Deadwyler) crusades for justice after her Black teenage son Emmett is brutally murdered for having the temerity to admire a white woman. Based on historical events.

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