Overall a big improvement over the theatrical cut. I was on board with most of what was cut, although cutting the romance angle made the last scene feel a bit out of place. I don't know what could be done with that, though. And I prefer it over the plotline being in there.
There were some framerate issues, I could see it jitter every time there was a sweeping shot. I found it very distracting, especially since there are so many gorgeous wide, sweeping shots in this film.
That aside, I felt like the cuts and additions improved the experience and I prefer this version over the theatrical cut. If the framerate issues were corrected, this would easily replace the original version of the movie for me.