I had my entire 16mm negative scanned to 1080p 2kish (I say 2Kish because it's not really 2K, but it's close) last year for my feature film that I shot back in 1997. I kept my negative in a cool dry place for years, so it is in perfect shape. The parameters of the image are fixed, there is no "blowing up" of the image. I was absolutely amazed at how gorgeous the image looked! It changed the looks of the film, in a good way.
I had all of my rolls converted to an mov. file. Everything looks fabulous. When I transferred the negative, I did not have any kind of color correction performed. I wanted to make sure that I can adjust all of the highlights in the film, so the image looked a little bright and rather dull. After the scan was complete, I added the shots to my edit and output the film. Then I took it to a color correction program and adjusted the colors, highlights, and saturation to my liking. Here's the trailer to my film. The vimeo streaming file is compressed to 720p, but I think you'll get the idea. https://vimeo.com/308628867
Does this help...?