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The William Shatner hosted and produced eight-episode series The UnXplained will premiere on the History channel on July 19th. Also in today's Highlights: The Returned Season 2 and Landing Lake release details.

History Channel's The Unxplained Release Details: Press Release: "HISTORY will premiere the nonfiction series “The UnXplained,” hosted and executive produced by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner (Star Trek, “Boston Legal”) on Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The eight-episode, one-hour anthology series will tackle subjects that have mystified mankind for centuries, from mysterious structures and cursed ancient cities to extraterrestrial sightings and bizarre rituals.

“I’m thrilled to be hosting and producing the new HISTORY series ‘The UnXplained” said Shatner. “It’s an intriguing show that will offer viewers credible answers to questions about mysterious phenomena, while also leaving other theories left unexplained.”

From Executive Producer Kevin Burns, the creator, and producer of HISTORY’s most popular series, including “Ancient Aliens” and cable’s #1 nonfiction series “The Curse of Oak Island,” “The UnXplained” will explore facts behind the world’s most strange and bizarre mysteries. Hosted by Shatner, the series will also feature contributions from top scientists, historians, engineers, and researchers – each seeking to shed light on how the seemingly impossible can happen.

“The UnXplained” joins HISTORY’s Friday night programming block which includes “Ancient Aliens,” one of the network’s longest-running nonfiction series which reached over 80 million total viewers across total day in 2018 and the limited nonfiction series “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation,” where former intelligence officials break boundaries and perceived government taboo by disclosing information about efforts being made to change government policy surrounding UFO phenomena; and the hit scripted series “Project Blue Book,” from executive producer Robert Zemeckis and recently renewed for season two, based on the true investigations into UFOs and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force in the 1950s and 1960s.

“The UnXplained” is produced for HISTORY by Prometheus Entertainment. Kevin Burns is an executive producer for Prometheus Entertainment. William Shatner is an executive producer. Executive producer for HISTORY is Susan Leventhal.

About HISTORY
HISTORY, a division of A+E Networks, is the premier destination for historical storytelling. From best-in-class documentary events to a signature slate of industry-leading nonfiction series and premium fact-based scripted programming, HISTORY serves as the most trustworthy source of informational entertainment in media. HISTORY has been named the #1 U.S. TV network in buzz for seven consecutive years by YouGov BrandIndex, and a top favorite TV network by Beta Research Corporation. For a deeper dive, visit history.com or follow @history on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook."

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The Returned Season 2 DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD Release Details: "The second season of the highly acclaimed French television series THE RETURNED (winner of a 2014 Peabody Award, a 2013 International Emmy Award, and nominated for BAFTA Award in 2014) is slated to haunt American audiences with its DVD and Blu-ray debut this summer. Based on the 2004 feature film Les Revenants by Robin Campillo, the gripping and stylish supernatural drama television series THE RETURNED was created and directed by Fabrice Gobert and made its American debut in 2014 to critical acclaim currently holding a collective 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for seasons one and two.

THE RETURNED tells the gripping story of a group of people returning to their alpine village in a state of confusion. What they do not yet know is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. The first eight episodes in Season One portray their struggle to reintegrate with their families and past. Buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. Season Two, featuring the conclusion of this 16-part series, picks up six months after season one leaves the village in a state of turmoil and distress.

The original cast is back in THE RETURNED Season Two, directed by Fabrice Gobert and Frédéric Goupil, starring Cesar Nominated actors: Anne Consigny (“Mesrine: Killer Instinct” “The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch”); Frédéric Pierrot (“Polisse” and “Young & Beautiful”); Céline Sallette (“L'Apollonide”); and Cesar Award winner Clotilde Hesme (“Angèle et Tony”).

Music Box Films Home Entertainment will make THE RETURNED Season Two available on 3-disc DVD and 2-disc Blu-ray sets beginning August 13, 2019 [Pre-book date July 9] for the suggested retail price of $29.95 and $34.95. Season one is currently available on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD (Amazon Instant, FandangoNow, YouTube, GooglePlay, and Vudu), making the complete television series available to own this summer.

Brief Synopsis of "THE RETURNED Season Two" by episode:

EPISODE 1: The Child

Six months after the flooding of the Valley, the population has almost entirely deserted the Town. Certain inhabitants have decided to stay on, in the hope of finding their loved ones taken by the Horde. Still pregnant with Simon’s baby, Adèle has a fainting spell and is taken to hospital where they decide to induce labor and trigger the birth. Richard Berg, an expert missioned with finding the causes of the flood, crosses paths with Toni, returned from among the dead. His resurrection gives newfound hope to the survivors...

EPISODE 2: Milan

The Returned have been hiding out for months in the Domaine, a zone rendered inaccessible by the flooding. They are still holding Julie, Victor, Camille, and Claire, who have more or less got used to their life as refugees. But their every day is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a new wave of Returnees. Among them, are Esteban and Audrey - two of Camille’s classmates who also died in the bus crash - and Hélène, Victor’s mother…

EPISODE 3: Morgane

Since the return of Victor’s mother, Julie feels out of place: she eventually decides to leave the Domaine. Camille grows close to Virgil, a mysterious young Returnee, which is not to her mother’s liking. Adèle begins to get used to her baby – she has no doubt that Simon is watching them on the sly. As for Léna, she finally catches up with Serge, who has however been joined by a new Returnee, his father, Milan, an individual both charismatic and dangerous...

EPISODE 4: Virgil

Jérôme and Berg have joined forces to take their investigation further: they decide to visit the hamlet where Victor’s family had been murdered. As promised, Serge leads Léna to the Domaine, where she is reunited with her mother and sister. But she also discovers that relations between Camille and Claire have taken a turn for the worse. Following the disappearance of her baby, Adèle comes under suspicion by the police. As for Julie, she sets out to finds Victor’s father, who, it seems, is still alive...

EPISODE 5: Mrs. Costa

Jérôme and Berg take in Audrey, who has managed to escape to the Town from the Domaine. Jérôme decides to inform her mother Sandrine, who is staying at the Helping Hand. Yet he’s pretty sure that since her arrival she has fallen under the spell of Pierre’s prognostications. Simon tells Adèle that they need to get their baby to a safe place, as the Returned want to take it. Felling that Julie is in imminent danger, Victor decides to leave the Domaine in the company of Mrs. Costa...

EPISODE 6: Esther

Sandrine has handed her daughter Audrey over to Pierre’s men, who are holding her in the basement. Having taken refuge in Father Jean-François’s church, Adèle and Simon begin to grow closer. Julie has managed to find Victor’s father, now an old man in a coma, harboring a weighty secret. As for Jérôme and Berg, they now know that the Horde is holed up in the Domaine. They decide to go there via a roundabout route...

EPISODE 7: Etienne

Jérôme has joined his wife and daughters in the Domaine, but the Returned prevent them from leaving. Thanks to Berg’s research, the military has found a way to lower the water level. They are now in a position to retake the Domaine, which puts Lucy and the Horde on the move anew. Now convinced that Audrey is well and truly her daughter, Sandrine begs Pierre to let her leave. Julie goes to the Helping Hand to find Victor, but Pierre’s men take her prisoner...

EPISODE 8: Les Revenants

After the shoot-out in the gymnasium, the Séguret family attempts to flee the Town. But Camille has understood that she cannot stay with her loved ones and that she must go back to the Returned. The policeman, Alcide, has handed Simon and Adèle’s baby over to Lucy, but it’s too late: the Horde has dispersed and Lucy doubts that they can now return to where they came from. As for Victor, he now understands that the only way to save Julie’s life is to abandon her.

The Returned: Season Two
Music Box Films Home Entertainment
DVD STREET DATE: August 13, 2019
DVD PREBOOK DATE: July 9, 2019
SRP: $29.95 3-disc DVD set
$34.95 2-disc Blu-ray set
Directors: Fabrice Gobert (Episodes 1-4, 8), Frédéric Goupil (Episodes 5-8)
Cast: Anne Consigny, Frédéric Pierrot, Clotilde Hesme, Céline Sallette, Samir Guesmi, Guillaume Gouix, Jean-François Sivadier, Jenna Thiam, Pierre Perrier, Yara Pilartz, Ana Girardot, and Swann Nambotin.
Running Time: 8 hours
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: 1.77:1
Rating: TV-MA
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Supernatural / Drama"

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Landing Lake VOD and DVD Release Details: "A body-horror throwback out of the UK, writer-director Cesare Pollacci Libardi di K’s Landing Lake premieres on VOD and DVD July 9 from High Octane Pictures.

Shot in Super35mm, and utilizing the lavish terrain of Trentino, Northern Italy, and the UK, this pulsating cocktail of The Thing and Rabid are pure lung-draining thrills.

A team of satellite technicians enters the woods to repair a communication station but they are forced to rescue the crew of an airplane that crashed near a lake. They quickly realize that something may be coming from the lake that is affecting their minds and the passing of time. As they lose their inhibitions their most primal desires take hold. Lured on by the unseen entity it seems that only one of the team is permitted to bond with it and so be reborn in a new physical body. A terrifying game of strategy not to survive, but rather to die with the promise of life anew.

Victoire Vecchierini, Emma Bown, Aaron Stielstra and Phil Zimmerman star."

Tamika Jones
About the Author - Tamika Jones

Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).

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