Azorian: The Raising of the K-129 DVD

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In 1968 the Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 sank in the Central North Pacific. American intelligence located it within weeks of its demise. The CIA crafted a secret program to raise the submarine in 1974. Now after much secrecy, this story can be told, by the men who made it happen and with never-before-seen footage of the actual salvage attempt, ... More
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In 1968 the Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 sank in the Central North Pacific. American intelligence located it within weeks of its demise. The CIA crafted a secret program to raise the submarine in 1974. Now after much secrecy, this story can be told, by the men who made it happen and with never-before-seen footage of the actual salvage attempt, and new evidence of the project's successes and failures.

In March 1968 the Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 carrying three of the most modern submarine-launched missiles then in the Soviet inventory, sank with the tragic loss of its 98 officers and crew in the dark abyss of the Central North Pacific.

Its whereabouts remained unknown to the Soviets for over six years but not to American intelligence who had located it within weeks of its demise. Here lay a cornucopia of Soviet missile technology and a Cold War intelligence coup of the highest magnitude!

Under a Howard Hughes enterprise, the CIA crafted a secret program of unparalleled imagination and engineering to raise the submarine in 1974. Code-named "Project Azorian," it would take over six years to complete and still remains highly classified even today.

But now after more than three decades of secrecy, this incredible story can be told, by the men who made it happen and with amazing never-before-seen footage of Azorian´s actual salvage attempt, and new evidence of the project's successes and failures in THE RAISING OF THE K-129.

Producer: Michael White
Production Year: 2010
Narrator: Nick Jackson
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 105 minutes
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Smrgeog
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3.0 star rating
07/17/20
Cutting edge technology well detailed
Review by Smrgeog on 07/17/20 review stating Cutting edge technology well detailed
Azorian covers the technological aspects of the secret mission very well and doesnt leave the viewer wanting in that regard. I think more could have been covered about the background to the mission as the K-129 submarine itself and the actual process of finding it. Overall its very interesting but how one might rate will likely depend on what one is looking for.
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Bob
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2.0 star rating
07/17/20
K-129
Review by Bob on 07/17/20 review stating K-129
I was an engineer on the MV Sea Scope, the for runner to the Glomar Explorer. We were sent to N.Pacific to drag the bottom, and find out what was there, aka deep sea mining. We had a CIA man aboard, who no one knew who he was, except my self the CH Engineer. This story can go on for pages, but I will stop here, if you want to contact me @ chengr@peoplepc.com
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Road D.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
amazing black ops story
Review by Road D. on 07/17/20 review stating amazing black ops story
great story line about a cold war era covert operation involving the CIA and howard hughes.
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Mr B.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Cold War history
Review by Mr B. on 07/17/20 review stating Cold War history
I recall much of the flap over the oil rig in the middle of the Pacific and the cost to the US for its exploration. Found this very insightful on the true use of Mr.Hughes ship.
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Jo J.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Factual
Review by Jo J. on 07/17/20 review stating Factual
My husband was a member of the Glomar Explorer crew that attempted to bring up the Russian sub. It is the most factual footage he has seen. Enjoyed. He has 5 sons we bought copies for them as a Christmas gift this year. If we can keep it a secret that long.
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Feeny
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Project Azorian DescribesUltra Secret Co
Review by Feeny on 07/17/20 review stating Project Azorian DescribesUltra Secret Co
Although there are tell-all books about the attempt to rise the K-129, the book by Norm Polmar described the operation in much greater detail. The video bring the operation to life, with participants describing in dramatic detail the thrills and disappointment of the team as they worked long hours and coped with great intellectual challenges to accomplish seemingly impossible feats. The result was both satisfying and disappointing. Hearing them tell it is a real thrill.
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Ric
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Who would have thought it.
Review by Ric on 07/17/20 review stating Who would have thought it.
Gold was $800/oz and we all thought Howard Hughes was going to mine the bottom of the ocean for gold. We posit as logical with H.H., latter we learn the truth.
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Ramblin D.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Very Educational
Review by Ramblin D. on 07/17/20 review stating Very Educational
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Ted E.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
True engineering at its finest!
Review by Ted E. on 07/17/20 review stating True engineering at its finest!
Fiction could not beat this. A very well done documentary that updates an intense chapter from the cold war. This event appeals to engineers, history buffs and those seeking just a good story. Although the basics of the event have been known for years, the new information included here now provides a satisfying description of the recovery attempt (at least for me). One can only ask now: is there still a cover in place regarding what was really recovered? That answer will take another 30+ years.
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Sparks
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Very accurate of the recovery of K-129
Review by Sparks on 07/17/20 review stating Very accurate of the recovery of K-129
I was one of the Radio Operators on the Glomar Explorer. In fact the shot of my hand sending Morse on the key (bug) was me. When the Soviets came along side during the recovery, I was the only one to communicate with them. R. Singer
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Ron P.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Azorian: The Raising of the K-129 DVD by
Review by Ron P. on 07/17/20 review stating Azorian: The Raising of the K-129 DVD by
Excellent DVD. I had just read the book Azorian published by the U.S. Naval Institute and the book and DVD were in perfect agreement. In fact, the DVD was more clear than the book in several areas. I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who is interested in this subject.
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Ensign F.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Finally the truth
Review by Ensign F. on 07/17/20 review stating Finally the truth
I just got the DVD this morning and watched all of it. As someone who joined the program in late 1974 it was really great to see the details of the part I missed. The sources are the real guys. The details are the real thing. The computer graphics finally let everyone see how the total system really worked. I will be sure that my friends and family finally get to see what we were up to. I also bought the book. It is rather dry and somewhat glosses over the ship operations. But it has useful background info if you were not part of the program. The video, on the other hand is about as good as you could possibly expect. The book, A Matter of Risk, is also a great reference and I still remember my Paul Ito briefing.
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Sparks
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
The Azorian Project
Review by Sparks on 07/17/20 review stating The Azorian Project
I read the book by same author and it is on target. I was one of the Radio Officers on board at the time of raising the K-129.
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Danny D.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Skipjack, Scorpion, K-129
Review by Danny D. on 07/17/20 review stating Skipjack, Scorpion, K-129
I was the Commissioning Medical Officer on the USS Skipjack and Scorpion submarines amd have read the Hunt for Red October and K-129 and read most of the related e-mails over the past 5-6 years. While I am not an engineer, my deceased father (1960) was involved in submarine switch board design and I was led into the submarine service both because of his knowledge and a personal medschool friend whose father was also a submarine medical doctor who was involved in rescuing the SQUALOUS crew, before the nuclear subs ever went to sea. While I have not seen the DVD of PBS the raising of the K-129 in its entirity, I have seen a good bit of the Project Azorian and it is understandable and fascinating. I treasure any comments by Bruce Rule. I have copies of all 4 of the published books about the loss of Scorpion 22 May 1968 and accept as fact Silent Steel by Steve Johnson.


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