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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by istartedi on Sunday February 18, @10:58PM (2 children)

    by istartedi (123) on Sunday February 18, @10:58PM (#1345090) Journal

    It was mine too; but it's a bitter-sweet choice. The sweet is that it would indeed be a good place to live. In fact, it was shot on location in NorCal. The bitter is that it was old growth redwood, and it got logged. We're down to 5% now. There's a sustainable 2nd growth redwood industry now, and I've got no problem with that. Even in the 80s, it was hard to justify taking those giants down, and particularly hard in this case: Leaving them in place could have created a fantastic tourist attraction in an area that became depressed due to being logged out, and turned to weed growing. What real fan would not want to visit the actual location? Most of it is gone [sfgate.com]. How did the movie geniuses throw that opportunity away?

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by JoeMerchant on Monday February 19, @07:17PM (1 child)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday February 19, @07:17PM (#1345197)

    Walt learned after Disneyland to buy up all the surrounding real-estate for Disney World.

    If Lucas really were a visionary, the Star Wars franchise was obviously a major hit before they started shooting Jedi - he could indeed have predicted the future potential of "Ewoks land" as a quasi-eco-tourism play, not that eco-tourism was much of a thing in 1983 but that's where the visionary bit comes in. He certainly could have afforded the land with the in-tact old growth trees by then, a shrewd land seller would have demanded a cut of the gross earnings for 50 years after release...

    Instead we got those two absolute cheeseball movies featuring poor actors in bad wrinkly brown fur costumes. And you can rewatch them endlessly with a D+ streaming subscription.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 25, @09:46AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 25, @09:46AM (#1346159)

      You also forgot about the much more forgettable TV show. Some episodes are truly terrible, but others are surprisingly good.