We know you may have blown plenty of money on cheap Blu-rays and DVDs recently on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you are still looking for some excellent gifts, you can check out our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Luckily, the awesome releases just keep coming. Read on to learn about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and a slew of other new Blu-ray releases out this week.

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Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes Blu-ray
Set 10 years after the events in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes follows civilization after the rampant rise of a virus that upended society. In this new world, there is plenty of unrest amongst humans and unbeknownst to the those living in San Francisco, they are living near a colony of apes who are evolving quickly and efficiently.

Director Matt Reeves has a background in horror and destruction, having helmed both Cloverfield and the horror flick Let Me In. This time around, he’s working with a script that’s a little more nuanced and philosophical, focusing on the dignified ape Caesar (Andy Serkis), who has built a safe haven for his intelligent ape community outside of San Francisco. But when humans Malcolm (Jason Clarke), Ellie (Keri Russell) and Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee) enter their territory, larger questions about the safety of the apes and about two competing intelligent civilizations must be asked.

Keep in mind, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a big budget action flick; it’s just a big budget action flick that wants to dazzle with ideas as much as it does intricate special effects sequences. Give it a shot; you shouldn’t be disappointed.

You can order Dawn of the Planet of the Apes over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature: Like a true big budget enterprise, there are a ton of bonus features that come with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Among these is a feature called "Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar" that looks at Andy Serkis’ process with bringing Caesar to life on the big screen. Clearly, Serkis offers the most exciting performance in the film and brings a key elemant to the drama, so it’s great to see how much he crushes at creating facial expressions for his ape character. There’s also an interesting on-set feature called "The World of Dawn" which explains how the production team turned a giant abandoned Six Flags parking lot into an unexpected forest tapestry.

Other Extras:
Deleted Scenes
"Journey to Dawn"
"The Ape Community"
"Move Like An Ape: An Artist’s Medium"
"Weta and Dawn"
"The Fight for a New Dawn"
Audio Commentary By Matt Reeves
Theatrical Trailers
Sneak Peek of Exodus: Gods and Kings
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Justified: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray
Justified is gearing up for its sixth and final season, and just in time for the show’s January release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has put together Justified: The Complete Fifth Season, a hefty Blu-ray set that has way more interesting extras than you would guess for a cable TV show.

Obviously, if you are interested in reading about a Season 5 set, you already watch the Graham Yost-produced show, so I won’t bore you with too many plot details. It was extremely entertaining to see the problems between Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) ramp up this season, while an imprisoned Ava (Joelle Carter) had to prove her mettle in jail. Sprinkle in a few exciting new cast members, including Michael Rappaport, Danielle Panabaker, Dale Dicky, Stephen Root, and Mary Steenburgen and Season 5 clearly has a lot to offer, even if it’s mostly set in the unremarkable Harlan, KY.

There’s a lot of extras to go through and most of them should be pretty cool for superfans. One takes us into the prison setting, which is pretty fun to check out.(although not as cool as the extra exploring Limehouse’s digs with the Seaon 3 set.) Fans will also probably enjoy "The Wall of Death: Season 5 Body Count," which looks at all of the deaths that occurred during the fifth season of Justified. We get to see all of the deaths in all of their grisly glory and learn tidbits along the way, including how in Episode 5, the show achieved its highest body count yet.

You can order Justified: The Complete Fifth Season over at Amazon.

Other Extras:
"King Lear"
"Raylan Givens: Two Roads Diverge"
"Writer’s Diary: A Week of Starvation"
"The Wall of Death: Season Five Body Count"
Audio Commentary on Multiple Episodes
Deleted Scenes
"The Big House: Prison Set Tour"
The Onion Eulogizes Elmore Leonard
"Getting the Shot"
"The Coolest Guy in the Room"
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The Hundred-Foot Journey Blu-ray
Lasse Hallström fans will find a lot to delight in with The Hundred-Foot Journey. Like Hallström’s other popular movie, Chocolat, The Hundred-Foot Journey takes fans to a place that feels a little exotic and features a story that is heavily connected to the universal language of food.

The Hundred-Foot Journey stars Manish Dayal as Hassan, a talented young chef who leaves his home in Mumbai after a discouraging fire. His family eventually settles in a small village in France, where Hassan’s papa (Om Puri) opens a restaurant a hundred feet from another, more prestigious eatery run by Michelin star achiever Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). Cook-offs ensue, romances blossom in unexpected places and Hassan begins to learn the joys of French cooking. It’s all very pleasant.

The movie is often about food, small pleasures and natural talent, but it does fold into an all-too predictable romantic story by the end. Still, it may be different than the Richard C. Morais novel writer Steven Knight based his script on, but it’s no less enjoyable—just maybe fewer calories.

You can order The Hundred-Foot Journey over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature: Producer Oprah Winfrey had a key hand in making The Hundred-Foot Journey, and she pops up all over the disc, but what is also apparent with the set is everyone’s obsession with (the) food. There’s a lovely little segment that looks at how to make coconut chicken. But the best extra is "The Recipe, The Ingredients, The Journey," a segment that looks at how many scenes were shot in the movie, but also the different techniques with food that were used.

Other Extras:
"The Hundred-Foot Journey with Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey"
On Set with Oprah Winfrey
"Coconut Chicken"
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Mr. Smith Goes To Washington Blu-ray
This week, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has put together a Blu-ray release celebrating Mr. Smith Goes To Washington’s 75th Anniversary. Frank Capra’s unforgettable film has a lot of lasting power and a ton of cultural importance, and it’s nice to see that Sony went out of its way to handle the release with a lot of tender loving care. The set has been restored in 4K and the Blu-ray book that is a part of the set offers a featurette that shows how cracks and issues were able to be fixed. Featurettes abound on the disc and Frank Capra Jr. is a frequent contributer. Additionally, a documentary hosted by Ron Howard is included. The book portion of the Blu-ray also features plenty of stills from the set, along with essays and some brief historical information. All in all, it’s a pretty swell anniversary release, and it’s already on sale over at Amazon for $12.99. That’s a pretty damn good price to watch Jimmy Stewart’s awesome filibuster scene whenever you want.

Take a look at some more of this week’s releases, below. Unless otherwise noted, sets are available on both Blu-ray and DVD.

Other December 2 Releases:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Caesar’s Warrior Collection
Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray
The Strain: Season 1
As Above So Below
Into the Woods: Stephen Sondheim
The Simpsons: Season 17
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