Lightroom 4: Multi Selecting Smart collections and Folders in Library Module has changed for the worse

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Disappointed in one major change to Lightroom 4 form the previous Versions. When in the library Module, I have smart collections created for specific color labels for filtering out images within a folder(s). In previous versions, when multi selecting a folder or multi folders and then also selecting the smart collection, for example "Blue" It would filter out all other images within the folder or folders to only the blue labeled images. In Version 4, it does not work the same, as Lightroom 4 COMBINES (does not filter) the images in the entire catalog that have the color label along with all of the images in the folders. Very disappointed and hope Adobe will correct and go back to the same library filtering as previous versions.
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In Lightroom 3, multi-selecting various folders and collections would sometimes show the union, and sometimes show the intersection. The inconsistencies in the behavior were confusing to a lot of people, and caused various problems as well. In Lightroom 4, all such multi-selects now show the union.

We certainly recognize that any change (even an ostensible bug fix) can potentially be detrimental to certain workflows, and we appreciate getting this feedback. In the case of the particular use cases described in this thread, it should be fairly easy to do what you want to do using Filters.