Mike’s Picks: ‘Wagon Master’ and ‘Pittsburgh’

Wagon Master

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Western, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey, Jr., Ward Bond.
For a Western that’s in all ways modest (quality excepted), Wagon Master is rated extraordinarily high in the John Ford canon by people who know or knew.
Extras: Harry Carey Jr. joins Peter Bogdanovich on an invaluable voiceover commentary carried over on this Blu-ray from the original DVD.
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Street 9/10/19
Kino Lorber, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne, Frank Craven.
For me, there’s at least semi-irresistible symmetry this week in pairing a John Ford movie not starring John Wayne with a John Wayne movie not directed by John Ford, but let’s not go too overboard about it. Pittsburgh, directed by Lewis Seiler, is a trashy wartime potboiler through and through.
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Nielsen: 56% of U.S. TV Consumers Stream Video

It’s official: The majority of American TV consumers also stream video.

New data from Nielsen found that 56% of domestic consumers stream video compared to 48% in 2018 and 40% in 2017.

The average consumer watches more than two hours of streamed content daily, which is up from slightly less than two hours last year.

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At the same time, linear TV consumption remains most popular among 82% of streamers — with almost 90% still watching pay-TV networks.

Nielsen found that 65% of U.S. households can now stream video compared to 59% in 2018 and 51% in 2017.

Among U.S. cities, Austin, Texas has the highest percentage (70%) of streaming users, while Pittsburgh, Pa., has the lowest at 45%. Cleveland residents spent the most time streaming video at two hours and 29 minutes per day.