In an impassioned video posted on Twitter, Cruise, appearing with Mission Impossible director Christopher McQuarrie, said: “Most HD TVs come with this feature already on, by default, and turning it off requires navigating a set of menus with interpolation often referred to by another brand name.”
“If you own a modern high-definition television there’s a good chance you’re not watching movies the way film-makers intended, and the ability for you to do so is not simple for you to access,” McQuarrie added.
McQuarrie acknowledged that many people notice something “strange” about the film they’re watching with the feature enabled but few can identify the issue without a side-by-side comparison.
The technique has previously been criticised by film makers such as Inception director Christopher Nolan and Star Wars: The Last Jedidirector Rian Johnson.
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I’m taking a quick break from filming to tell you the best way to watch Mission: Impossible Fallout (or any movie you love) at home.
Frozen River director Reed Morano even started a petition calling for TV manufacturers to turn the setting off. “It takes the cinematic look out of any image and makes it look like soap opera shot on a cheap video camera,” she said.
For blockbuster movies, it can often spoil the fantasy. For instance, filmmaker Peter Jackson faced criticism over his decision to film his adaptation of The Hobbit at 48 frames per second, double the industry standard, leading to many viewers to complain the fantasy film looked strange.
Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee also faced criticism for filming Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk at an unprecedented 120 frames per second, with many critics saying that the extraordinary clarity distracted from the film’s qualities.
Almost all major HD and 4K television brands have some version of motion smoothing built into their sets, and many of them include the setting turned on by default.