When we first saw that Tom Cruise was shooting a PSA to warn viewers about video interpolation, we were worried this was a pro-Scientology message. As in, “don’t watch Leah Remini’s new movie, it contains a suppressive person and video interpolation.” In actuality, Cruise is trying to help people have the same viewing experience in their home as they do in the movie theatre, educating the public on the issue of video interpolation, which causes movies played on high definition TVs to look like they were shot on high-speed video rather than film. Apparently, that’s bad. Good to know!
Cruise is busy filming the new Top Gun sequel, or he just happens to be hanging out in his Naval pilot jumpsuit, and shot the PSA to coincide with the DVD release of Million Impossible: Fallout. Along with Mission Impossible director Chris McQuarrie, the actor explained that a setting many TV owners don’t even know about is ruining their TV watching experience.
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. pic.twitter.com/oW2eTm1IUA
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) December 4, 2018
Video interpolation reduces blurriness of quick movements on the screen, which is intended to improve the viewing experience of high-motion shows, like live sports games. When used on movies, it gives scenes a ‘Soap Opera Effect.’ “The unfortunate side effect is that it makes most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video, rather than on film,” says Cruise.
McQuarrie continues, saying “If you own a modern high-definition television, there’s a good chance you’re not watching movies the way the filmmakers intended.”
The men then give directions on how to turn off your HDTV’s video interpolation, taking an incredibly boring and mundane fact and making it interesting. That, and we watched until the very end thinking this was a joke. Tom Cruise delivers a PSA on fixing your TV with the same dramatic intensity as Jerry Maguire having a breakdown.
The pair even go as far as instructing viewers on how to search for the steps to remove video interpolation, because Tom Cruise did not break his ankle for us to watch Mission Impossible: Fallout with an Instagram filter over top.
Filmmakers and actors, including Ben Stiller, Mindy Kaling, and Star Wars director Rian Johnson, are already praising the pair for their abandoned dog-free PSA.
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) December 5, 2018
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) December 5, 2018
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) December 4, 2018
Others had a bit more fun with the topic.
tom cruise after trying to explain motion smoothing to my father pic.twitter.com/wdU8XktI2r
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) December 4, 2018
Is this a spoof? Why’s Tom Cruise talking about ‘video interpolation’ like it’s a starving kid who has to walk 300 miles to the nearest well? pic.twitter.com/Uj70mioVvT
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) December 4, 2018
— Aharon Rabinowitz (@ABAOProductions) December 5, 2018
Tom cruise without motion smoothing… pic.twitter.com/dERyZKL0KW
— anthony jong un 🇰🇵 (@Hoya006) December 5, 2018
Is it bad that Tom Cruise getting rid of motion smoothing on HDTVs is the impossible mission I’m MOST excited about? https://t.co/N2FI92ury9
— Dan Murrell (@MurrellDan) December 4, 2018
Tom Cruise feels the need. The need for removing video interpolation. Yeah, it’s cooler in Top Gun.