Training to be an Olympic gymnast is excruciatingly hard work and leaves little time for anything else in a preteen's life. Fellow female gymnasts and friends Payson (Ayla Kell), Kaylie (Josie Loren), and Lauren (Cassie Scerbo) have trained together for years at the Rocky Mountain Gymnastic Training Center, better known as "The Rock." The three top-ranked young women are in line to represent their team at Nationals, and, if they perform well, their placement in the top 12 will send them on to their ultimate goal of competing in the 2012 Olympic Games. The girls' lives revolve around training and they are bound by strict rules that forbid boyfriends, jobs, and any real social life. Their sacrifices are huge, but absolutely essential in creating and maintaining the intense focus and determination necessary for competing at the Olympic level. Despite the best efforts of the girls and their families to avoid distractions, every member of The Rock is shaken up when new girl and unknown gymnast Emily (Chelsea Hobbs) joins the gym on a scholarship and seems to have a shot at making Nationals; coach Marty (Erik Palladino) suddenly leaves the team; new coach Sasha (Neil Jackson) takes over; and personal problems threaten to sidetrack each of them. Even Coach Sasha's firm hand and zero tolerance for mistakes can't protect the girls from the real-life ups and downs that come with growing up, family life, love, injuries, and financial instability. What the girls learn as they struggle to focus on their gymnastic training and Olympic dreams are some very difficult lessons about friendship, family, love, control, and being part of a team. This extended edition contains the first nine episodes of the series as well as a 10th extended finale episode, "All That Glitters." Bonus features include six deleted scenes and a 9-minute making-of featurette with interview footage of the four major stars as well as writer Holly Sorensen, gymnastic coach Carolyn Day, and stunt coordinator Greg Barnett. ABC Family's Make It or Break It
series offers powerful insight into the challenging sport of women's gymnastics, but it's much more than a chronicle of the sport: it's also a captivating series about growing up and the search to discover what's truly important in one's life. (Ages 14 and older due to mature thematic elements and language) --Tami Horiuchi
How far would you go to achieve your ultimate dream? Experience the rivalry and romance of four teenage girls on their path to Olympic gold in the original ABC Family series that has fans and critics cheering all across the nation. You'll flip for...MAKE IT OR BREAK IT, raves David Hinkley of the New York Daily News. Who will rank number1 at Nationals and what will it take to get there? Follow the triumphs and the heartbreaks as close friends balance their lives as high school students with the intense world of competitive gymnastics. Relive the series that raises the bar on family drama, complete with a never-before-seen extended episode, and go behind the scenes to discover what it takes to perform such amazing stunts only on DVD!
Bonus Features include: Deleted Scenes, Making It An Inside Look At How These Flexible Female Stars Balance Acting With Difficult Stunts For A Gold Medal Performance, Never-Before-Seen Extended Finale