Tom Cruise Is Here to Deliver Some Really Great Movie-Watching Advice

Tom Cruise breaks silence on the 'soap opera effect' and we couldn't be happier

In an impassioned video posted to Twitter on Tuesday, the Mission Impossible star warned that a default setting on many high-end televisions "makes most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video instead of film".

The motion smoothing setting is present in almost all TVs incorporating HD and 4K resolution support and is most often left on by default by manufacturers - creating what some lament as the "soap opera" effect.

At the time of writing, Cruise's PSA already has nearly 2 million views, so we're guessing Motion Smoothing is getting deselected in droves across the world. Scenes that directors meant to look cinematic often appear a little cheap, as if filmed for a low-budget soap opera.

"If you own a modern high-definition television", he said, "there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way the filmmakers intended, and the ability for you to do so is not simple to access".

As Fallout hits Blu-ray and DVD this week, the pair have released a short clip warning about the "motion smoothing" interpolation setting that tends to be automatically activated on lots of HD TVs.

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"We're talking to you from the set of Top Gun Maverick", Cruise says in the PSA, flanked by Mission Impossible: Fallout director Chris McQuarrie.

Only, this doesn't actually make most movies and TV look better.

On most TVs, motion smoothing controls are under advanced picture settings, and each manufacturer has a different name for it. McQuarrie advises viewers to Google how to disable motion smoothing.

Today is a odd day for me: I'm actually agreeing with Tom Cruise on something. The film is being rebooted for television, but Cruise won't be part of it.

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