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

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"Good Ol' Freda"

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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.)

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