The Big Felafel

Netflix arrives Israeli style at DVD Yashir, plus 12 Movie mini-reviews


Slowly, but surely, Israel is catching up with the convenient services available in America like supermarket deliveries, second-hand marketplaces, and most recently, unlimited movie rentals through the mail with DVD Yashir.

In the notorious style of Hebrew websites, DVD Yashir sports the required scrolling text and flashing images, but at least it works in Firefox.

If you can get past the distractions and navigate your way through the site, you’ll learn that they sell and rent movies, and claim to be offering video rental in the “American style” with different fixed monthly rental plans. The cheapest plan costs 19 shekels for the first month and then 59 shekels for every month after that but doesn’t seem to include new releases. They let you keep a movie as long as you like and request new movies as often as you like, and like Netflix, it runs through the mail. But, let’s play this scenario out logistically in Israel. Just thinking about finding the nearest mailbox that would fit a dvd or attempting to go to the post office at a time when it’s open is starting to give me an anxiety attack.

While this service does seem to be promising, I’m a little skeptical of the reliability and convenience of the Israeli post office/mailbox thing and 59 shekels seems like quite a lot to shell out each month considering the dvd machine near my house is 16 shekels. So only if I rent more than 4 movies a month does it start to become worth it. I think I’ll stick to watching movies online for free.

Mini Movie Reviews

If you decide to try out the service, here are some mini movie reviews to give you some ideas of what to rent — or what not to rent.

Here are my 3 Israeli film reviews followed by our guest movie critic Dorf’s one-liners.

Secrets   The Secrets
twoandahalfstars.gifMade by the same director as “Turn left at the end of the world” and it showed. It’s about life in a girls midrasha in Tzfat. The girls get sucked into Kabbalah. Reminded me a little of The Craft…. Jewish style..
Noodle   Noodlefourandhalfstars.gifSuch an emotional and original story that really focuses on a side of Israel not depicted in movies – foreign workers.
Someone to Run With   Someone to Run WIthfivestars.gifI have seen this movie at least twice and could keep watching it over and over. I love that it takes place in Jerusalem – I’ll never look at Kikar Zion and Ben Yehuda St. the same way again. Really had a profound effect on me to the point of causing me to volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Dorf’s Witty One Liners


David Schwimmer continues his streak of awful movies,
maybe him and the movie industry aren’t great ‘Friends’ afterall

Mrs Doubtfire

  Mrs. Doubtfire
Robin Williams doing what he does best…….dressing in Drag


You are the one that I want

Lord of the Rings

  The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
Great movie, just wish they’ld cast someone other than Elijah
“Wood you learn how to act”


  E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. means Extremely Terrific

Star Wars

  Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Here’s an anecdote for you, Hayden Christensen and George
Lucas have there tongues cut out……Thank the Lord!!!!!!
My Spider sense is tingling, and it’s awesome



King Kong

  King Kong (2005)
Too many long endearing stares between the monkey and the blond

American Pie


American Pie
hysterical, but did we really need to say more
after this picture, I think not


Thanks RW for telling me about it.


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  1. You’re right about the whole Israeli mail system being the logistical difficulty for Yashir. The thing that excites me, however, is that maybe this business will be something that Israelis like the idea of, try, get disappointed in its application, and then the company gets highlighted by the news for how it failed not because it wasn’t a good idea, but because how terribly erratic and unreliable the mail system is, and then the ball gets rolling on fixing the post office and delivery system. You know, the basics: send a piece of mail, it gets delivered within a month.

    Maybe. That’s just one man’s dream (the dream of a man that has about $800 in Xbox 360 stuff lost in the mail for the past 4.5 months…).

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 2 months ago
  2. * mzk1 says:

    I’m glad you have a rental machine near you; they got rid of the ones here because everybody just steals – sorry, downloads – the movies. You appear to indicate that you prefer yourself to do so.

    The best I can do right now is to use iTunes with an American account (ITunes doesn’t check the IP) so at least I’m paying for them.

    I may try this out.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago

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