Agreed, it's utterly ridiculous to have cut it like that. It feels awkward to have such a sudden jump from a [shortened] view of the house to a [shortened] view of Lewis saying he's found a house. I'd imagine it would have felt a little rushed even to someone who'd never seen the proper scene.
And after two different DVDs and the box set, I won't be buying any further releases of this until the cut footage is restored. Which may mean never.