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

Watch Tom Cruise's Impassioned PSA About the Dangers of Motion Smoothing

Tom Cruise feels passionately about motion smoothing - that is, turning it off to enjoy his (and others") movies "properly'. It's also been dubbed the "soap opera effect", given that it makes HD, big-budget movies look a lot like cheaply made daytime soap operas. The something in question is regarding TV settings, more specifically the default settings on modern TVs that will leave your handsome movies and TV shows looking like a low quality soap opera. This unfortunate and often default setting on TVs is something many people don't even know exists, but can make modern movies look bad.

You may have never heard of the "Soap Opera Effect", but if you buy the Blu-ray (4K or standard edition) for Mission: Impossible Fallout, you'll be treated to an unusual plea before the movie begins: Tom Cruise, the movie's star, and Christopher McQuarrie, the movie's director, encourage you to turn off the motion smoothing feature in your TV's settings.

Motion smoothing, or interpolation, is a technique that artificially adds additional frames to the moving image in order to prevent blurring - most effective when watching sport. This will hopefully give viewers more control over how and when to use the feature.

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