Tom Cruise Leads The Fight Against Motion Smoothing On TVs

Tom Cruise does not want his movies looking like soap operas.

On Tuesday, the “Mission Impossible: Fallout” star released a special PSA with the film’s director Christopher McQuarrie.

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In the video, which is included on the new “Fallout” Blu-ray and 4K releases, the two urge viewers to make sure the so-called motion smoothing or video interpolation settings on their TV are turned off.

Explaining that the setting is intended to reduce motion blur for sporting events and other high-definition content, Cruise says, “The unfortunate side-effect is that it makes most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video rather than film. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘soap opera effect.'”

Adding that filmmakers have been working with TV manufacturers to make it easier to have the option to turn motion smoothing off, Cruise and McQuarrie urge viewers at home in the meantime to do an internet search for how to turn the setting off on their own TVs.

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On Twitter, the PSA was greeted with huge applause from filmmakers like Rian Johnson and Ben Stiller, as well as movie fans in general.

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