The anti-Darklighter Cut! Truthfully, I love these micro-surgical fan edits where the excision or addition of a small number of scenes (or scene, in this case) makes a world of difference. I've long been a fan of the Director's Cut of Aliens but also wished that the Hadley's Hope sequence could take a hike, as it revisits the locales of the first Alien to diminishing returns, unlike most other aspects of the movie which manages to surpass the first film.
Bobson's decision to include the commentary track-laden deleted scene in question makes this the only copy of Aliens you really need to keep at hand (well, I haven't watched Bobson's extended Cocoon Cut of this same film yet, but for now, this one more than does the trick).
Aliens done right. The simple and seamless omission of the whole Hadley's Hope preview brought a big impact to the overall quality of the cut. Without it, the suspense and narrative built-up quite nicely and had served to match the standards of what an Aliens film should be.
Yep, scrubbing those scenes does no harm at all to the film. If anything, it enhances the impact of the arrival where (in this cut) the audience first encounters the planet and its extremes of weather and menace. The crossfade works flawlessly. Definitely my preferred cut of the film, and I'm grateful for the excuse to go back to this masterpiece.