'Lost Subs: Disaster at Sea'

National Geographic Home Video Reveals the Harrowing

Stories of K-19 and Other Submarine Disasters Beneath the Ocean's Surface

Oct 07, 2002, 01:00 ET from National Geographic Society

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Once known as the  "coffin service,"
 submarine duty is still considered one of the most dangerous naval
 assignments. Submarines are the first line of attack and the last line of
 defense of the navy. National Geographic Home Video (NGHV) boards the USS
 Portsmouth, the U.S. Navy's newest nuclear-powered submarine that carries more
 firepower than all the bombs dropped throughout WWII, during training
 exercises in the Pacific.  Are these men on board any safer today than 60 or
 even two years ago? "Lost Subs: Disaster at Sea" shares the tales of tragedy,
 death, heroism, and survival from four of history's worst submarine accidents.
 The new NGHV title will be available on November 5 at the suggested retail
 prices of $19.98 for VHS and at $24.98 for DVD.
     Most often the greatest enemy is not another submarine, but the ocean
 itself. Navigating through one of the most hostile environments to humans,
 even the most advanced submarines are vulnerable. "Lost Subs: Disaster at Sea"
 follows the stories of submarines from United States, Russia and the former
 Soviet Union, including the harrowing true account of a narrowly averted
 nuclear catastrophe aboard the Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-19. This
 event inspired the National Geographic's first feature film, "K-19: The
 Widowmaker," a Paramount Pictures and Intermedia Films presentation, starring
 Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
     Other submarine disasters in "Lost Subs: Disaster at Sea" include Russia's
 Kursk, with never-before-seen footage, as well as the USS Thresher and the USS
 Squalus. When things go wrong on a sub, the results can be tragic. If a
 submarine slips too far into the deep, tremendous undersea pressures can
 crumple even the most modern vessels as if they were tin cans. And even if a
 sub is not lost to the ocean's depths, fire and flood within are constant
 hazards. Join National Geographic for an incredible investigation of these
 ill-fated vessels as surviving family members and submariners themselves weave
 harrowing tales of terrible accidents, lost lives, unlikely heroes, and daring
     Exclusive to the DVD, NGHV presents an interactive map with locations and
 facts about numerous submarine disasters all over the world. In addition to
 the video release, National Geographic Books released "K-19: The Widowmaker,"
 the official companion volume to the motion picture "K-19: The Widowmaker."
 More information is available at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/k19 .
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 (WHV), an AOL/Time Warner Company, operating in 57 countries including the US
 and Canada. WHV is one of the world's leading suppliers of pre-recorded
 videocassettes and videodiscs and a market leader in family entertainment.
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 stories, National Geographic Television & Film augments its award-winning
 documentary productions (119 Emmy Awards and more than 800 other industry
 awards) with feature films, large-format films, and long-form television drama
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