Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Music

Review: 'Good Ol' Freda' DVD adds new stories, commentary to wonderful film

See also

"Good Ol' Freda"


Finally, “Good Ol' Freda” is coming home. The DVD and Blu-ray versions hits U.S. stores Dec. 3 and everyone who has wanted to see the wonderful documentary but hasn't will finally have the chance to do that.

But those that already have will get a nice surprise. Seeing it on DVD gives the film an added glow and emotion, as if there wasn't enough already. Freda Kelly and her stories take on a new warmth and charm seeing them on the small screen.

But another reason to get the DVD is the added content. Director Ryan White and Freda recorded a commentary for the film that adds more new stories and background on how the film was put together. Among the stories, Freda Kelly talks about that a song by Ketty Lester that's heard in the soundtrack is one of her favorites because it reminds her so much of Bob Wooler and the Cavern.

One of the requests of the filmmakers at the San Francisco screening we attended was that there would be deleted scenes, and there are several, including one heart-tugging scene when Freda tells about learning about the death of John Lennon, also about her wedding and the night the Beatles appeared on “Juke Box Jury.”

“Good Ol' Freda” started out as a project of love and the final product is a tribute to the woman whose story is told in the film and the Beatles who also inspired it.

If you haven't seen it, now's your chance.

(Full disclosure: We are thanked at the end of the film.)

We love to write about the Beatles and have been doing it since our time at a major metropolitan newspaper. Subscribe and get addicted to our exclusive original stories and interviews about the Beatles in all our Beatles column pages at Beatles Examiner, Paul McCartney Examiner, George Harrison Examiner and Ringo Starr Examiner. You can subcribe through the button on this page. And spread the word about us.

Copyright Steve Marinucci. Please do not reprint in full on other sites without permission. Connect with us on Facebook and Pinterest. And don't miss our weekly Beatles news podcast “Things We Said Today” available first on on the weekends, then on iTunes and


Today's top buzz...

  • NHL ice girls
    They may be smoking hot, but these NHL ice girls serve a purpose
    Sports Chicks
  • Miley Cyrus
    Find out why Miley Cyrus was forced to cancel a Kansas City concert
    Music News
  • Amaris Jackson
    The Washington Wizards sign a 10-year-old with cancer to contract
    NBA Buzz
  • Emily Kinney
    'Walking Dead' fans are buzzing about the show as Emily Kinney was spotted with writers
    TV Buzz
  • Barry Trotz
    The Nashville Predators part ways with the only coach they've ever had
    NHL Buzz
  • AC/DC
    AC/DC may announce their retirement following a serious health issue
    Music Buzz

Related Videos:

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!