Indie fare leads releases

The film industry apparently decided everyone would be too busy with cookouts and fireworks to bother with new releases, so the pickings are slim:

”Venus and Serena” – This documentary looks at the lives of sibling tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, focusing on the 2011 tennis season, when both battled career-threatening health issues. (Magnolia Home Entertainment, $26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray)

”6 Souls” – Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays a man with multiple personality disorder, and each personality belongs to a different murder victim. Julianne Moore stars as a psychologist trying to figure out the secret behind his condition. (Starz/Anchor Bay, $24.98 DVD or Blu-ray)

”Inescapable” – A former Syrian military police officer (Alexander Siddig) must return to his home country 25 years later when his daughter disappears there in a drama co-starring Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson. (MPI Home Video, $24.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray)

”The Tower” – For anyone whoever thought, “I would like ‘The Towering Inferno’ more if it were in Korean,” here’s the perfect movie. Disaster strikes at 108-story Korean skyscraper during a Christmas Eve bash. (CJ Entertainment, $26.98 DVD)

”Tower Block” – Residents of an apartment complex who witnessed a murder find themselves under attack by a sniper in this British thriller. (Shout! Factory, $19.97 DVD, $26.97 Blu-ray)

”An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky” – Inspired by the popular doll line, this film tells the story of a 9-year-old girl (Sidney Fullmer) who, with the help of her artist grandmother (Jane Seymour), fights to get the art class restored at her elementary school. (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, $19.98 DVD, $26.98 Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy combo)

”Why We Laugh: Funny Women” – This documentary exploring the evolution of the female standup comedians is narrated by Joan Rivers and features interviews with Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Kim Wayans, Janeane Garofalo, Rita Rudner, Kathy Najimy, Sandra Bernhard and Aisha Tyler. (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, $19.98 DVD)

”56 Up” – Director Michael Apted continues to chronicle the lives of several people he first interviewed at age 7 and has revisited for five additional films in this acclaimed documentary series. (First Run Features, $29.95 DVD)