Well, you can't compare this SIMULATED rape scene from a movie to the things other people in Hollywood have done, like Polanski and Weinstein. We are talking about real rapes here, some of them on minors/children. The rape scene in Bertolucci's film might have been a little rude because it was added ad hoc to the script, but it is absolutely not comparable. There was no rape, no sex, just a realistic depiction of it, played by two adult actors. I think a professional actress should be able to play something like that without letting it get to her personally. If she can't do that, well then maybe she chose the wrong profession.
The price? Well, whenever the price is not mentioned, you can bet it's too expensive to buy unless you are a rental company in the Hollywood area... ;)
I don't really see the purpose of VR/360° for filmmaking, neither for narrative nor for documentary or even news. The purpose of shooting and editing is to show the viewer one selective thing per edit, this concept totally goes out the window with 360° and as a viewer I always have the feeling to be missing something important every time I look around.
Maybe it would be useful for something like a virtual tour through a cave or a castle, where you can look around as if you were there.
Other than that, I think VR will be great for gaming and it will probably have many professional applications as well. But filmmaking in VR? I really don't think so.
I'd highly recommend a reflector with a "wavy-gold" surface, which is about 2/3 silver and 1/3 gold in a wavy pattern. The 1/3 gold takes away the cold and harsh look from the silver without making the light too warm or too brown.
As far as I'm concerned, I don't think I'm going to upgrade to the next model of Phantom or Inspire because in Germany it's already very hard to find a spot where you can fly legally. You're not allowed to fly over residential buildings, roads, railways, waterways and nature reserves. Given that every patch of trees outside of residential areas is a nature reserve in Germany, it's really not much fun anymore. The areas where you are still allowed to fly usually are not interesting to be filmed.
It doesn't look like anything a video codec would produce, it looks like typical chroma noise that appears in high-iso shots. Video compression produces blocks or flattens texture, this chroma noise is quite the opposite of that.