Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Tom Cruise is Worried You're Watching Movies at Home Wrong

Tom Cruise is Worried You're Watching Movies at Home Wrong

This is decidedly not what the filmmaker intended, and Cruise and McQuarrie want to make sure it doesn't impact any home viewings of Mission: Impossible - Fallout on Blu-ray.

"It takes the cinematic look out of any image and makes it look like soap opera shot on a cheap video camera", wrote American director Reed Morano, who started a petition calling for TV makers to turn the setting off. Unfortunately, this setting has some undesirable side-effects, like making "most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video rather than film", otherwise known as "the Soap Opera effect", said Cruise. Although creating new frames in between the 24 or 30 frames per second in video content can be useful for enjoying sports, this effect can change the look of TV and films for the worse and not actually deliver the "smooth" effect its name purports.

"If you own a modern high-definition television, there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way the filmmakers intended, and the ability to do so is not simple for you to access", McQuarrie said. If you do a Google search for your particular make and model and "motion smoothing", you'll probably quickly find out exactly how to turn it on and off. In a video with Mission: Impossible - Fallout director Chris McQuarrie, Cruise taught viewers about "video interpolation", which many fans may know as the easier-to-spell term "motion smoothing".

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It's mainly meant to reduce motion blur in sports and live events, and Americans certainly like to watch those, so there is some justification for the setting.

It means the average viewer finds it too hard to turn off - and many realise something looks unusual without being able to pinpoint what it is. One place you won't see Cruise anymore is in a Jack Reacher movie or television series.

The PSA was filmed by the pair on set their upcoming collaboration, Top Gun: Maverick.

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